Norway and Sri Lanka agree to strengthen maritime cooperation

Norway and Sri Lanka have noted in a joint statement that clear rules and a stable framework are necessary for sound resource management and blue growth.

The joint statement was issued after the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks in Oslo yesterday.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea sets out the legal framework within which all activities in the oceans and seas must be carried out.

The joint statement said that the framework is of paramount importance as the basis for national, regional and global action and cooperation in the marine sector. The integrity of the Convention needs to be maintained.

Norway and Sri Lanka both value the importance of free trade and open and secure access to international waters.

In this context, both countries acknowledge the Parties’ commitment to the “Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia.”

The joint statement also said that Norway and Sri Lanka have developed strong bilateral relations over many years based on mutual respect and cooperation.

“We share democratic values and are firm supporters of a rules-based global order, through multilateral cooperation, international law, human rights and the United Nations system, including the UN Security Council,” the statement said.

The statement also said that Norway and Sri Lanka are dedicated supporters of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and are committed to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting the SDGs will require a coherent approach to global, regional and national development. The SDGs are universal, and all UN member states are committed to implementing them by 2030.

Norway and Sri Lanka will continue to cooperate in implementing SDG number 16 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. (Colombo Gazette)

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