Zuma to host King Harald of Norway

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is expected to host King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The visit is aimed at further solidifying the bilateral political, economic and trade relations between the two countries.

The couple will be in the country until Thursday and will be accompanied by a delegation of government ministers and business people.

President Zuma and the King are expected to sign various agreements and hold a press conference on Tuesday, followed by a visit to Freedom Park and a State banquet.

South Africa and Norway enjoy cordial relations characterised by regular high-level dialogue, diverse bilateral development cooperation programmes and growing economic ties, coupled with sound relations at a multilateral level.

Norway was also a supporter of the liberation movements during the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

South Africa's exports to Norway include fuels, chemicals, engineering products and raw materials. South Africa mainly imports products such as foodstuffs, raw materials, fuels, chemicals, semi manufactured products and engineering products.