Aug 19, Colombo: Norway's partnership with Sri Lanka consists of shared democratic values and interests and the European country is committed to working together with Sri Lanka for the good of the people of both countries, the new Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka said today.
New Norwegian Ambassador Trine Jøranli Eskedal presented her credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena Monday at the President's House.
Presenting her credentials, Ambassador Eskedal highlighted that Norway's partnership with Sri Lanka "consists of shared democratic values and interests, as we are both strong supporters of multilateral cooperation, human rights, a rules-based world order and a strong United Nations."
She also noted that the oceans are of great importance to the past and future of both countries and that Norway and Sri Lanka share a strong and common interest in the sustainable management and use of our oceans, as well as the blue economy.
Ambassador Eskedal further stated that Norway's economic strengths are the maritime, marine and energy sectors together with ICT, and that Norwegian Embassy is doing their best to expose these sectors to Sri Lankan partners.
"Norway will remain committed to working together with Sri Lanka, based on our shared values and interests, for the good of the people of our countries and the global community," she said.
Prior to assuming her position as the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, she was Head of Section at the International Department of the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) in Oslo from 2016 to 2019. Previously she has also served as the Director at Secretariat of the Minister of European Affairs, and as the Deputy Director of the Secretariat of the Minister of International Development at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In her career spanning more than two decades at the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, she has served at Norwegian Embassies in Manila, Paris, and Khartoum.
Ambassador Eskedal holds a Master in languages (French) and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Oslo. She speaks Norwegian, Danish, English, French, German, and Spanish. She is married with two children.