Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received the Letters of Credence from the Ambassador-designate of the Kingdom of Norway to Jamaica, Ms. Beate Stirø, during a virtual ceremony on Thursday 11th November 2021 at King’s House.
His Excellency The Governor-General, who was on the virtual platform, was introduced to the Ambassador-designate, by Ambassador Ricardo Allicock, Director of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Ambassador Ricardo Allicock, Protocol Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, displays the Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Jamaica, during the virtual Presentation Ceremony on Thursday 11th November 2021.
The Letters of Credence were received by the Aide-de-Camp to The Governor-General, Major Dwayne Hill. During the virtual exchange, Sir Patrick and Ambassador Stirø exchanged courtesies and discussed ways in which both countries can continue to benefit from bilateral cooperation.
Ambassador Stiro, who is resident at Havana, Cuba, observed that Jamaica continues to be a huge market for Norwegian salt fish and said she looked forward to eating ackee and salt fish.
The virtual presentation ceremony enabled the new Ambassador to be fully accredited in time to receive the visiting Norwegian research vessel, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which is slated to dock in the Port of Kingston, during the period November 13-17, 2021.
The Governor-General conveyed his regards for the Norwegian sovereign, government and people. He observed that like Jamaica, Norway, also called ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun,’ is a democratic nation, which respects the rule of law. He wished the newly-accredited Ambassador a successful tenure and invited her to visit King’s House to sign the Official Guest Book during her visit to Jamaica.
Jamaica and Norway established diplomatic relations on 7th October 1977. Both nations also enjoy cordial bilateral relations and close collaboration at the multilateral level.