Royal brilliance will strengthen Norway's relations with Vietnam this week. Human rights are not on the royal program, but it is recorded from the Norwegian side in the talks with the one-party state.
- Incredibly exciting to be here. We have not been here that long, but it seems like a very rich culture with a rich history, says Crown Prince Haakon about the first impression of Vietnam.
But Vietnam is also a country with limited freedom, and the Crown Prince and Princess are clear that they want to convey a desire for more openness in society.
State Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Morten Høglund (FRP) is part of the journey and spoke Wednesday with the Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan on democracy and human rights at a meeting where also Crown Prince and Princess were present.
- Another point that was discussed is that Vietnam has become a member of the UN Human Rights Council. They have committed, and we hold them accountable, says Høglund to NRK.