Norwegian envoy briefed on challenges in the North

The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, has been briefed on the challenges faced in the North when he visited the area last week, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said today.

Ambassador Gaustadsæther visited Jaffna to attend the International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy and Health Applications (AMCEHA), jointly organized by Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and University of Jaffna.

Opening the conference as the Chief Guest, Ambassador Gaustadsæther highlighted the importance of creating fora to provide opportunities for exchange of research ideas and form local and global partnerships. About 500 local and foreign participants attended the conference.

During this visit to the North, the Ambassador also met with several government officials in the area such as Dr. Suren Raghavan, Governor of Northern Province, Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander of the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J), and A. Pathinathan, Chief Secretary, Northern Province.

The Norwegian Ambassador also called on Rev. Monsignor Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam – Bishop of Jaffna.

The Embassy said that the meetings helped the Ambassador to better understand the opportunities and challenges in the Northern Province. (Colombo Gazette)

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