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King of Norway to Visit Myanmar

King Harald V of Norway is due to visit Myanmar at Preident U Thein Sein’s invitation, according to an official announcement.

No specific date was given for the visit.

U Thein Sein has previously visited Norway, and has met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg has previously visited Myanmar when he opened a Norwegian embassy.

Norway has strong economic and political interests in Myanmar. It was the first European country to lift sanctions in 2012 and has been a strong proponent of the democratisation of Myanmar.

Norwegian companies have invested heavily in Myanmar recently, particularly telecoms firm Telenor.

The Red Cross Societies of Myanmar and Norway have coordinated to develop logistics, sanitation, emergency preparedness, and public health programs.

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