ISLAMABAD – Ambassador of Norway, Cecelie Landsverk, hosted a dinner at her residence for the friendship group, which was recently established in the National Assembly.

The guests were served not only with delicious food, they were also entertained with Balochi music and dances by a group from Balochistan led by famous Balochi singer Akhtar Chanal Zahri. The European Ambassadors and a selective Pakistani community were invited to the dinner.

The Ambassador of Norway gave a warm welcome to the guests and hoped that they will enjoy the famous Balochi music tonight. She was especially enthusiastic about the establishment of a Pakistani-Norwegian friendship group in the National Assembly and appreciated the role of Asia Nasir as the convener of the group. She also extended gratitude to the Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fahmida Mirza who played a dynamic role in promoting the friendship group.  She particularly mentioned a town named as Karajan in District Gujrat, which was called Little Norway because most of Pakistani diaspora living in Norway belonged to that area. She had the privilege to go to that town and meet the people, which turned out to be a nice experience for her.

The Ambassador of Norway thanked the members of the friendship group for showing great interest his country and also appreciated Pride of Performance Balochi singer Akhtar Chanal Zahri and his team for providing a great entertainment to the audience  Pakistan and Norway have extremely warm and strong relations since long. Norway’s development cooperation with Pakistan dates back to mid-80s and has over the years evolved from commodity assistance to development cooperation. The Norwegian government is contributing significantly towards documentation, preservation and dissemination of Pakistani traditional culture, arts, crafts and musical heritage under an ongoing joint institutional cooperation programme between Pakistan and Norway. There are wide scopes and opportunities for cooperation in different sectors of economies between the two countries.