Modi, Norway PM hold discussions, vow to step up bilateral trade

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2019 09:02:52



INDIA and Norway on Tuesday agreed to collaborate closely on ocean economy and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while vowing to step up bilateral trade, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg. Modi and Solberg held delegation-level talks and discussed ways to give “new energy and direction” to bilateral ties. The two countries also signed an MoU for holding an India-Norway Ocean Dialogue. Solberg, who arrived here on Monday on her maiden India visit, was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday morning before talks with Modi.

“We reviewed all areas of our cooperation, and discussed ways of giving new energy and direction to bilateral ties,” Modi said in his press statement after talks with Solberg. He said they also had “fruitful discussions” on all aspects of ocean economy. India and Norway have strong cooperation at the international level and both the countries coordinate closely on issues such as UN Security Council reforms, multi-lateral export control regimes and terrorism, Modi said.

Talking about the Sustainable Development Goals, Modi said they were completely in consonance with India’s development goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals set by the United Nations in areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption and peace and justice. India and Norway are successfully cooperating in the field of mother and child health under the Norway-India partnership initiative, Modi said. “When I had met Prime Minister Solberg in the G-20 Summit in 2017, she gave me a football as a gift...The meaning of that was different. That football was not for the the goal that we have in the sport but was a symbol of Sustainable Development Goals,” Modi said. Solberg, in her press statement, said given the importance of India’s economy and the size of its population, the world will not be able to reach the sustainable goals unless “India is on board”.


‘India seeks Norwegian support for Make in India’


INDIA seeks Norwegian partnerships to support its key initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Clean India’ among others, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday.
Kovind said India and Norway shared warm and friendly relations and were “natural partners”.  “As two vibrant democracies, with deep respect for the rule of law, cultural diversity and human rights, we are natural partners,” he said.