Amb. Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia (2nd from left) and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (4th from left) after the call of the ASEAN Committee in Oslo (ACO) (Photo: Utenriksdepartementet)
14 January 2019 – The five ambassadors of the ASEAN Committee in Oslo, including Philippine Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, paid called on Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide to discuss ASEAN-Norway relations.
Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the Priority Plan for ASEAN-Norway Sectoral Dialogue Partnership, which has 9 focus areas: peace, reconciliation and security; human rights; maritime and marine cooperation; energy; connectivity; Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI); trade and private sector development, including MSMEs; climate change and biodiversity, environmental protection; and people-to-people exchanges, including education and culture.
The meeting also served to brief the Foreign Minister Søreide on the priorities of ASEAN under the 2019 chairmanship of Thailand.
The ASEAN Committee in Oslo is composed of the five ASEAN embassies in Oslo – Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam – which meet regularly to discuss matters of common concern. END