Noyan Tapan
May 26, 2009

RA President Serzh Sargsyan receiving Knut Houg, the newly appointed
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway to RA (residence
Moscow), on May 26, on the occasion of the latter's handing his
credentials, said that Armenia is interested in development and
deepening of relations with Norway in bilateral and many-sided formats.

According to him, the Armenian people has also formed an idea about
Norway by Fridtjof Nansen's high mission. According to S. Sargsyan,
Armenia remembers with gratitude and highly assesses also Norwegian
people's assistance to earthquake zone's restoration after the 1988
earthquake. "Today there is the Norwegian village in Armenia that
constantly reminds us of thay great aid and assistance," he emphasized.

According to Knut Houg, Norway also attaches importance to development
of its relations with Armenia in various spheres and is ready to
undertake active steps in that direction.

According to the report of the RA President's Press Office,
S. Sargsyan and K. Houg attached importance to efficient use of the
two countries' potential, further development of political, economic,
cultural relations, and formation of a proper legal-contractual
field for cooperation. They also exchanged thoughts about regional
problems. K. Houg said that Norway supports the OSCE Minsk Group's
efforts in the process of Nagorno Karabakh settlement and considers
that a long-lasting peace can be achieved only in a peaceful way and
through a balanced negotiations process.