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Moldovan president visiting Norway for the first time

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The Moldovan president Maia Sandu was welcomed to Norway on Monday at Slottsplassen. Here with Crown Prince Haakon (tv), Queen Sonja, King Harald and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

Of NTB | 06.05.2024 15:14:02

Curiosities and celebrities: The visit began on Monday morning with a solemn ceremony at the Castle Square to welcome the president.

Furthermore, Sandu was taken to a wreath-laying ceremony at Akershus Fortress and a meeting with the Storting’s foreign affairs and defense committee. On Monday evening, the stage is set for the gala dinner at the castle.

According to the Royal House, the state visit marks that ties between Norway and Moldova have strengthened in recent years.

Russia’s war against Ukraine has had major consequences for the country. The authorities have had to deal with a crisis for the economy, energy supply and national security, in addition to the fact that Moldova has taken in a large number of refugees from the neighboring country.

– The state visit underlines Norwegian support and solidarity with Moldova, writes the Royal Palace in one press release.

King Harald and Queen Sonja are hosting the presidential visit, which lasts until Tuesday.

Among other things, a meeting with Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) in the Prime Minister’s residence is on the agenda. The Moldovan president will also give a lecture at the University of Oslo on Tuesday.

(© NTB)

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