PM, visiting Norwegian offical discuss ties, energy sector devVisiting State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morten Hoglund, called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Hoglund and Koirala discussed the bilateral relations between Nepal and Norway.
The meeting focused on the Norwegian assistance to Nepal’s alternative energy, hydropower, education and good governance sectors, Hoglund told media after the meeting.
PM Koirala thanked Norway for its support to Nepal, and expressed hopes that the Norwegian assistance would continue in the future.
According to a statement issued by the PM’s Private Secretariat, PM Koirala told Hoglund that the Nepali leaders were capable of resolving the country’s political crisis on their own.
“We have proven our capability to resolve toughest of problems by intergrating the former Maoist combatants through talks, consensus, unity and confidence,” PM Koirala told Hoglund.
The visiting Norwegian official also called on Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Nilam KC at the latter’s office in Singha Durbar.
During the meeting the duo discussed Nepal-Norway ties, issues of women rights, child education, and good governance.
Earlier in the day, the Hoglund met Raj Kishor Kshetri, secretary at the Ministry of Energy, and inquired him about the hydro-power development and Norway’s support in the power development sector.
Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal Kjell Tormod Pettersen and senior officers at the embassy had accompanied Hogland in the meetings.
Norway keen to assist in hydropower
Norway has expressed its desire to increase investment for promotion of Nepal’s hydropower sector. Visiting state secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed this during a meeting with Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey on Wednesday.
“Norway has shown its special interest on Nepal’s democracy, promotion of good governance and education, and development,” Minister Pandey said.
In the meeting, Hoglund also sought Nepal’s support to Norway in its bid for the permanent United Nations Security Council seat.