Media Statement

07 March 2022

Deputy Minister Botes arrives in Norway for Political Consultations

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, has arrived in Oslo, Norway, at the invitation of the Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Henrik Thune.

The two delegations will take part in Political Consultations aimed at strengthening cooperation between South Africa and Norway.

Relations between South Africa and Norway are founded on strong Nordic support and solidarity during the struggle for freedom in South Africa. These relations are based on mutually shared values of democracy, equality and social justice, as well as mutually beneficial bilateral economic trade and cooperation.

Bilateral relations continue to expand and intensify, and the two countries co-operate on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern.

The Deputy Minister will also hold consultations with Mr Halvard Ingebrigtsen, Norwegian Secretary of State to the Minister of Trade and Fisheries, and visit the Nobel Peace Centre for a roundtable discussion with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) on South Africa’s Foreign Policy and Peace and Security.

Deputy Minister Botes’ delegation will participate in a business seminar hosted by the Norwegian-Africa Business Association, with a focus on green energy and South African investment opportunities in this field. Deputy Minister Botes will have an opportunity to promote South Africa as an investment destination.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 ‪884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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