Norway’s PM to Visit Indonesia

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will begin a three-day state visit to Indonesia on March 28, to boost trade ties and tour reconstruction areas the of tsunami-hit Aceh province.
Before this he also had a three days official visit to China together with Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen and Minister of Trade and Industry, Dag Terje Andersen.
Dino Patti Djalal, a spokesman for the Indonesian president, said the Norwegian premier will visit a reconstruction project funded by his government.
He will also meet Aceh’s newly elected governor, former rebel Irwandi Yusuf, who won an election last year that consolidated a 2005 peace accord between rebels and the Indonesian government.
Some 168,000 people were killed in Aceh by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Mr Stoltenberg’s schedule also includes a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday to witness the signing of an oil agreement and hold discussions on bilateral relations among other issues including climate change.
On March 30, the prime minister will visit Jakarta’s Masjid Istiqlal, the biggest mosque in Indonesia, and meet business figures.
His visit follows Mr Yudhoyono’s trip to Norway last year.

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