Norway’s first ambassador to Myanmar approved


Myanmar has welcomed Norway‘s first ambassador to the once-pariah state, media reports said Monday according to Europe Online-magazine.

President Thein Sein accepted the credentials of Ann Ollestad, a former ambassador to India, The New Light of Myanmar reported.

She will reside in Yangon, as do all other ambassadors to Myanmar, although the capital is in Naypyitaw, 350 kilometres to the north.

The former ruling junta moved the capital from Yangon to Naypyitaw in November 2005, but all embassies have remained in Yangon.

Myanmar was shunned by Western democracies during its 1988-2010 military rule.

President Thein Sein has introduced significant political reforms that have restored diplomatic ties with the West since winning the 2010 November general election.


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