Monday, April 8, Oslo - In Oslo, President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with King Harald V of Norway. The meeting focused on bilateral relations between Lithuania and Norway, the Nordic-Baltic cooperation (NB8), issues of the NATO agenda, and the upcoming Lithuanian presidency of the EU Council.
"Lithuania has felt Norway's strong support for more than twenty years now. This country was among the first to recognize Lithuania as an independent state and has consistently supported its aspiration for energy independence. Our countries are committed allies not only in the Nordic-Baltic region, but also within NATO. We cooperate successfully in the fields of economy, security, energy and culture. Lithuania is happy and proud to have such a strong and committed partner as Norway," the President said.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that cooperation between Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8) remains one of the underlying priorities on Lithuania's foreign policy agenda. According to the President, the being constructed power interconnections with Sweden and Finland, the functioning energy market and the common position on responsible financial discipline are the best proof that this cooperation is not only unique but also yielding tangible results.
During the meeting, the President also touched upon Lithuania's preparations to take over the helm of the Council of the European Union. As the President noted it is in our country's interest to have strong, competitive and financially stable European Union.
This is already the second meeting between President Dalia Grybauskaitė and King Harald V of Norway. Two years ago, the President made a state visit to Norway when the two nations were celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The perspectives of Lithuania-Norway cooperation in the spheres of economy and energy as well as possibilities to import Norwegian gas will also be discussed during the President's meeting with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
The President's visit includes participation in the discussion "How to tackle the consequences of the financial crisis", a meeting with Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ángel Gurría, and an interview to Norway's largest daily Aftenposten.