Norway and Tuvalu establish diplomatic relations



Norway established diplomatic relations with the Pacific island-state Tuvalu on Friday May 7th. The Norwegian UN Ambassador, Morten Wetland, and his Tuvaluan counterpart, Afelee Falema Pita, formalized relations by signing a joint communiqué at the Norwegian UN delegation in New York.

According to the agreement Norway and Tuvalu will seek to develop ties of friendship and cooperation between their two peoples, based on the principles of the United Nations Charter and International Law.

The island state has a population of about 12.500 and is regarded as the world’s second smallest state according to population. Due to its low lying landmass, on average 2 meters above sea level, Tuvalu is a country most affected by climate change.

In concluding this agreement, Norway has established diplomatic relations with 185 states. As a follow up to today’s events, the Norwegian ambassador to Canberra is expected to be side accredited to the Tuvaluan capital Funafuti.

Source: Norway UN

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