President Stevo Pendarovski received today the Letters of Credence of Kristin Melsom, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of North Macedonia, resident in Belgrade.
President Pendarovski, in his address at the ceremony of presenting the credentials, expressed satisfaction with the excellent bilateral relations and successful cooperation between the two friendly countries, which are nurtured through the maintenance of continuous political dialogue. Pointing out that the Kingdom of Norway, although not a member state of the European Union, actively contributes to the processes of European transformation of the Macedonian society, President Pendarovski said that the two countries, as members of NATO, are close allies who share the same security challenges, united in the defense of the international order, based on rules and democratic values. He assessed that there is a huge unused potential and space for further deepening of cooperation, especially in the economy, and, in that context, he sent a message to the business communities and chambers of commerce on both sides to increase trade, to use the economic potentials and to initiate investments in the IT sector and in energy.
Ambassador Kristin Melsom said in her speech that the bilateral relations between the two countries are based on a solid foundation of historical friendship and emphasized that they will continue to develop further. She emphasized our commitment to defense reforms as a common priority in the bilateral agenda and emphasized the cooperation in the military-medical field, the visits of our officials to Norway for training and exchange of ideas, as well as the cooperation within the Military Academies of the two countries. Ambassador Melsom said that Norway will continue to support integration and cooperation in Europe, acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of our country in recent years and added that Norway is optimistic that North Macedonia will receive increased support from the member states of the European Union.
President Pendarovski wished Ambassador Melsom a successful performance of her significant, noble and responsible office and expressed confidence that she will enjoy the necessary attention and support in the performance of her diplomatic duties.