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Norway-South Africa High Level Consultations in Oslo

23-24 November 2015

South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mr Landers headed a South African delegation to Oslo for High Level Consultations on 23-24 November 2015.

Deputy Minister Landers and his Norwegian counterpart, State Secretary Tone Skogen, co-chaired the 3rd Session of the Norway-South Africa HLC in the Norwegian capital.  

Points of discussion were peace and security issues, migration, trade, investment and blue economy, as well as multilateral issues and human rights.

Pictured (l-r) Ambassador Zondo (South African Ambassador to Norway), Ambassador Skymoen (Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa), South African Deputy Minister Landers and Norwegian State Secretary Skogen

The Deputy Ministers acknowledged the close-knit bilateral relations between Norway and South Africa, and committed to further bolster both the political and economic ties between the two countries. Blue economy was highlighted as an area with excellent potential for further partnership.

Regional issues were also high on the agenda; South Africa and Norway agreed on the importance of the international community’s support to the peace agreement in South Sudan as well as contingency planning in case of further destabilisation in Burundi.

Migration was underlined as one of the crucial, transnational issues in today’s globalized world, as well as the new global security challenges; A coordinated international effort on these burning issues were hence stressed from both parties.

After the conclusion of the HLC, Ambassador Zondo of the Oslo Mission hosted a pleasurable dinner event at the Official Residence.

LA Isaksen
South African Embassy in Oslo, Norway
 
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