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The 11th India-Norway Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) took place on May 14,2024 in New Delhi, setting the stage for the upcoming India-Nordic Summit expected later this year in Oslo.

Led by Pavan Kapoor, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, and Torgeir Larsen, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, the discussions highlighted the robust collaboration between the two nations across various sectors.

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Key areas of focus included the expansion and diversification of bilateral cooperation in fields such as the Blue Economy, Renewable Energy, Climate & Environment, CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage), Green Hydrogen, Solar and Wind Projects, Green Shipping, Fisheries, Water Management, Space Cooperation, Arctic Cooperation, Education, and Culture.

Both delegations praised the signing of the India-EFTA TEPA (Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement) in March 2024, anticipating its swift implementation to bolster bilateral trade and investment.

The India-Norway relationship is characterized by rich political exchanges and extensive bilateral institutional mechanisms. Particularly noteworthy is their collaboration in the Blue Economy for sustainable development, encompassing marine and maritime sectors.

Amidst discussions on UN reforms, especially in light of the Summit of the Future, both sides engaged in fruitful exchanges on regional and global issues of mutual interest. They agreed to convene the next round of consultations in Oslo at a mutually convenient date, further underscoring their commitment to advancing bilateral ties.

The upcoming India-Nordic Summit holds promise for deeper engagement and collaboration among the Nordic countries, with preliminary discussions already underway. As both India and Norway continue to strengthen their partnership, the stage is set for greater synergy and cooperation across a spectrum of strategic domains.

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