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February 21, 2018

President U Thein Sein welcomes Norwegian king with ceremony

President U Thein Sein and Norwegian King His Majesty Harald V inspect the Guard of Honour at welcoming ceremony.—mna
President U Thein Sein and Norwegian King His Majesty Harald V inspect the Guard of Honour at welcoming ceremony.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 1 Dec — President U Thein Sein welcomed Norwegian King His Majesty Harald V with a ceremony on the lawn at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
The president and the king took the salute of the guard of honour at the ceremony, at which students also greeted the two leaders.  They then introduced senior government officials of the two sides to each other, including Myanmar union ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Thein Nyunt, U Soe Thane, U Win Tun, U Zeyar Aung, Dr Kan Zaw and U Than Htay.
U Thein Sein and His Majesty Harald V, together with their spouses, held a private conservation at Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace.
At a meeting of government officials from both sides, they discussed the improvement of bilateral ties, peace-making efforts, rehabilitation tasks during the post-conflict period, the reform process of the Southeast Asian country, environmental conservation and management of natural resources, the education sector, the energy sector, poverty alleviation programmes, the tourism industry, trade and investment and the general election.
Union Minister Dr Kan Zaw and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende signed a memorandum of understanding at the presence of the two leaders for cooperation in development programmes between the two countries.
President U Thein Sein and the first lady then had a luncheon with the king and the queen.
The Norwegian government wrote off US$534 million of Myanmar’s debt to the northern European country, and also prioritized Myanmar for its international development programmes.
Norway is one of the donor countries involved in the peace-making process of Myanmar, in which the Oslo Peace Centre and the Myanmar Peace Centre are working closely.
The Norwegian Red Cross Society and some humanitarian groups are providing aid for IDPs and issuing citizen scrutiny cards for Kayin people in the Bago region.  Norway has opened its foreign mission in Myanmar, and the latter will set up its embassy in Oslo in early 2015.

President U Thein Sein holds talks with Norwegian King Harald V  at Presidential Palace  in Nay Pyi Taw. (News on page 1) —mna
President U Thein Sein holds talks with Norwegian King Harald V at Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.  —MNA
President U Thein Sein holds discussions with Norwegian His Majesty King Harald V at Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.—mna
President U Thein Sein holds discussions with Norwegian His Majesty King Harald V at Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.—MNA
Norwegian Minister and Union Minister  Dr Kan Zaw sign MoU in the presence  of President U Thein Sein and  Norwegian King Harald V.—mna
Norwegian Minister and Union Minister Dr Kan Zaw sign MoU in the presence of President U Thein Sein and Norwegian King Harald V.—MNA

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