Tánaiste Hosts Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs has met with the Tánaiste to advise on Government Brexit planning.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said he was delighted to welcome Ine Eriksen Søreide to Ireland to gain an insight on Norway's unique trade arrangements with the EU ahead of the UK's exit in October.

Ahead of hosting the Norwegian minister on Monday 26 August, he said: "I am grateful to her for taking the time to visit Dublin and the border region. This visit is part of Ireland's continued programme of diplomatic outreach to help increase understanding of how Brexit will uniquely effect people across this island.

"The complex constitutional arrangements in Northern Ireland, the experiences of border communities in the past, and the interwoven nature of relationships on the island can be best understood by a visit to the area.

"As a valued friend and partner, I also welcome the opportunity to discuss with Minister Eriksen Søreide how to further enhance Irish-Norwegian cooperation."

The Tánaiste will now continue his series of visits to European capital cities to discuss a range of EU priorities, including Brexit. He will visit Prague, Paris, Helsinki and Warsaw in the next week.


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