• Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, and on the ways and means to further strengthen the growing bilateral partnership.
• Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who is on a three-day visit to India, delivered the inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi.
Major emphasis highlighted in this program
• The two sides expressed the desire to maintain high-level exchanges and enhancing cooperation through the existing mechanisms of bilateral interaction”, said the India-Norway joint statement.
• Addressing the press after the meeting Prime Minister Modi said, “India and Norway have close and strong cooperation in the global stage.
• Both work closely and coordinate on key issues such as UNSC reforms, Multilateral Export Control Regime and terrorism.”
• The two sides signed a MoU on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue and the establishment of the Joint Task Force on ‘Blue Economy’ under aegis of the MoU, in order to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in various aspects of Blue Economy.
• The two leaders also recognised that all countries benefit from open and predictable trade rules.
• The two sides also discussed cooperation in the areas of security, counter-terrorism, higher education, research and innovation, energy, ICT, climate and environment, maritime sector, fisheries and aquaculture.
• India expressed its appreciation for Norway’s support towards India’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) and the Australia Group (AG).
Mains Paper 2: International Relations
Prelims level: India, Norway sign MoU
Mains level: Important highlights