A high-level delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide arrived on Monday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Mrs. Eriksen Søreide and his delegation were warmly welcomed upon their arrival at the airport in Mogadishu.
Søreide was escorted to the state house in Mogadishu where she will hold talks with country’s leaders, including Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the president of Somalia.
The Norwegian and Somalia’s foreign ministers will discuss means of enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation.
Meanwhile, the deputy PM said he held a meeting with the FM and exchanged views on enhancing further the bilateral relations and cooperation between Somalia and Norway.
“Deputy Prime Minister today received Ine Eriksen Soreide. The Minister paid a one-day working visit to the country and held discussions on joint priorities with the country’s leaders,” said Somali PM’s office.
Norway is currently playing a key role in Somalia and Kenya, and is said to have been monitoring the situation in Somalia, and Soreide travel to Mogadishu comes at a time when the two countries were involved in a diplomatic tiff and after several weeks when Somali parliament approved the Petroleum Law.
On Sunday, June 9, UK’s Political Director Richard Moore paid one visit to Mogadishu and held critical discussions on boosting bilateral partnerships with Somali PM, Hassan Ali Khaire and other officials.
Last year, Norway decided to recognize Somali passports after talks between the two countries held in the capital of Oslo.
Norwegian and Somali immigration authorities worked closely together over the last two years while sharing experiences in different matters related to immigration.
The decision which Norway recognized Somali passports does not influence on the visa requirements to Norway, which are strict. Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a visitor’s visa.
In general, visas to Somali passport holders may only be granted to applicants who are visiting Norway in an official capacity.