Tuesday, February 10, 2009

President meets President of Norwegian Parliament

President Victor Yushchenko met today with the President of the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament) Thorbjørn Jagland.

During the meeting sides have discussed development of bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Norway in politics, trade, economy and investment as well as Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine.

“We greatly appreciate our bilateral relations”, - said Victor Yushchenko opening the meeting. In particular he pointed to positive dynamics of political dialogue and trade-economic ties.

As potentially beneficial directions for further development of Ukrainian-Norwegian cooperation President Yushchenko named energy, oil and gas extraction, shipbuilding, high-tech, etc. He also expressed appreciation that in investment Norway is at 31st place out of 124 investor countries into Ukrainian economy and stressed hope that the number will improve even more.

Separately President Yushchenko thanked Norwegian side for support of resolution on the Holodomor 1932-33 initiated by Ukraine before parliamentary assemblies and international organizations.

Reaffirming Ukraine’s course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration President Yushchenko expressed gratitude to Norway for the “open and clear” support of our country in that field.