State Secretary Marianne Hagen inaugurates the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bamako
Feb 1, Bamako: The State Secretary Marianne Hagen today inaugarated the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Mali Capital Bamako.
"In Mali, our cooperation started nearly 40 years ago. I am pleased to see that day by day our relations are growing steadily stronger.We stand by Mali in its efforts to create sustainable development that offers education, health, equal opportunities, and hope – leaving no one behind.Many Norwegians and Norwegian NGOs have taken part in this important task," she said, in her opening statement.
The Norwegian government has stepped up Norway’s efforts to promote stabilisation and conflict resolution in the Sahel region. Developments in Mali in the time ahead will be of great importance for the region as a whole. Norway’s contribution to the UN mission in Mali (Minusma) has added an extra dimension to Norway’s efforts in the Sahel.
In 2016, Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide visited Mali for political talks and for meetings with Norwegian military personnel.
‘Norway’s efforts in Mali are part of our focus on fragile states and on countering violent extremism. Promoting peace and stability in the Sahel will be important for fostering growth and development, and for preventing high rates of migration from the region in the future,’ said Mr Brende.
Mali is one of the focus countries in Norway’s development policy, and Norway wishes to be a long-term partner with a view to promoting peace, security and development in the country.
Our future cooperation was a key topic when I met Mali’s Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop, this week in connection with the UN General Assembly. Mr Diop welcomed the news that Norway is to establish an embassy in Bamako. The authorities in Mali have wanted a Norwegian diplomatic presence in the country,’ said Mr Brende.
Norway’s engagement in Mali dates back to the time of the drought in the country in the 1980s. Broad cooperation was established, involving Norwegian civil society groups and international partners, to prevent famine, poverty and conflict in the region. Since then, Norway’s engagement has been expanded, and today includes efforts to promote education, peace and reconciliation, and support for processes of stabilisation and democratisation. Norway’s participation in Minusma has strengthened the Government’s peace efforts in the region.
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