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Norwegian Queen: Viet Nam's good position enables it to develop

Ha Noi (VNA) - Viet Nam is in a good position to further develop, said Norwegian Queen Sonja at a short press briefing in Ha Noi on Tuesday. She expressed her wish to follow the development of Viet Nam in the future.


The Norwegian Queen spoke highly of Norway's ability to assist Viet Nam in maintaining its traditional culture by building an educational infrastructure, especially for the disabled and ethnic minority people.


Visiting Ha Noi's ancient quarter, Queen Sonja was very impressed with the Vietnamese people's vitality.


She also called on the Viet Nam Ethnology Museum on Tuesday where she cut the ribbon to inaugurate two Cham houses, Thang Yo and Thang Myu. These houses were built with funding from the Norwegian Government.


The Norwegian Queen attended a seminar on Vietnamese-Norwegian education at the museum the same day.


At the press briefing, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen said his country wanted to boost cooperation with Viet Nam, and that was one of Norway's top priorities.


Regarding Viet Nam's bid for the World Trade Organisation, Jan Petersen affirmed Norway's support for Viet Nam's admission to the WTO. "We certainly support the entry of Viet Nam into the WTO. We think it makes sense to the world community and to Viet Nam," he said, adding, "this means that you will have to take the necessary steps in your own legislation, but it is certainly something which will be helpful in bringing prosperity and economic development to Viet Nam. It will be a challenge, but I think the opportunities are more pronounced than the challenges."


The Norwegian diplomat said the two countries should pursue trade and investment. He stressed the need to develop a proper business environment to help countries take proper action.


The Norwegian Royalty held a banquet at the Ha Noi Opera House in the evening. Queen Sonja and President Tran Duc Luong's wife attended the banquet

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