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9th Round of Pakistan-Norway Bilateral Political Consultations held

OSLO (DNA) -The 9th session of Pakistan-Norway Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) was held in Oslo from 03-04 April2017. The Pakistan delegation was led by Ambassador Zaheer A. Janjua, Additional Secretary (Europe),while the Norwegian side was led by Ambassador Tine Morch Smith, Director General (Department ofRegional Affairs), Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The talks were held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. The two sides reviewed the entire spectrum ofbilateral relations and identified opportunities and possibilities for further strengthening cooperation,especially in economic, trade, investment, cultural, and educational fields.

The two sides discussed the evolving peace and security environments in their respective regions.International issues of mutual interest also came under discussion. They also agreed to enhancecooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

The Additional Foreign Secretary (Europe) called on Ms. Marit Berger Rosland, State Secretary (Minister ofState) and Mr. Wegger Chr. Strommen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.During the meetings, he underscored the need for further strengthening the economic and trade relations aswell as active collaboration in the educational and technical fields. He briefed the Norwegian dignitaries onthe grave human rights violations perpetrated by the occupying forces in the Indian held Kashmir. He alsobriefed them on the connectivity initiatives being launched in the region, which have opened immenseopportunities for investment.

Pakistan and Norway cooperate closely on bilateral and multilateral issues. The Annual Bilateral PoliticalConsultations provide a useful platform to review progress in various fields, identify opportunities for futureareas of cooperation. The last session of these consultations was held in Islamabad on 25 February 2014.The next round of Bilateral Political Consultations will be held in Islamabad on mutually convenient dates.

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