Both brexit and war in Syria and Iraq was on the agenda when Foreign Minister Børge Brende met his British counterpart Boris Johnson in London.
The two foreign ministers met for talks on Wednesday afternoon.
– I look forward to making our relationship deeper and stronger, Johnson said when he welcomed Brende.
He emphasized that it is important to have a positive attitude.
– You fought hard to get Norway into the EU, while I fought hard to get Britain out. Now we find ourselves together, said Johnson.
Need new deal
It was expected that the main theme of the meeting would be the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the need for a new trade agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom when this happens.
– Britain is a country Norway has a very close and good relation with.
This will not change even if the British leaves the EU. We will also make every effort to ensure that the UK remains one of Norway’s most important partners after the country has withdrawn from the Union, says Brende.
The meeting with Johnson comes after similar meetings between Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) and Prime Minister Theresa May and between economics minister Monica Mæland and Trade Liam Fox.
Europe’s Minister Elisabeth Vik Aspaker will meet Britain brexitminister David Davis next week.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today