On 8 October, Estonia’s Ambassador to Norway Lauri Bambus presented his credentials to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon.
After the presentation ceremony, Crown Prince Haakon and Ambassador Lauri Bambus discussed the bilateral relations of Estonia and Norway and regional and international cooperation. Both Estonia and Norway are elected members of the UN Security Council in the first half of 2021 and there are many topics to focus on. The Crown Prince recognised Estonia for its achievements in advancing the digital agenda.
The ambassador and the Crown Prince also discussed the Arctic Council, climate issues, the candidacy of Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid for the position of the Secretary General of the OECD and other common topics.
In a situation where countries across the world are cooperating to fight the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, the Crown Prince and the ambassador expressed hope for the speedy arrival of crucial vaccines to Norway and Estonia. “People wish to return to their regular life, where they are able to go to work, spend time with friends and travel again – both in Estonia as well as Norway,” Bambus noted.
The Crown Prince recalled his visit to Estonia with Crown Princess Mette-Marit in April 2018, when Estonia was celebrating the centenary of its independence, and extended his wishes of good luck and success to President Kaljulaid and the people of Estonia. Next year, we will celebrate the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Norway.
Before his appointment to Norway, Lauri Bambus was the Director General of the Department for State Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bambus joined the Foreign Ministry in 1995. He has worked at Estonia’s embassies in Warsaw and Brussels and as the Director of the Schengen Division at the Consular Department. Between 2005 and 2007, Lauri Bambus was the Consul General at Estonia’s Consulate General in Saint Petersburg, and then served as the Director General of the Consular Department until 2010. From 2010 to 2014, Bambus was the Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs. Since 2012, Bambus has been the non-resident ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. From 2014 to 2017, Lauri Bambus was the Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Photos (Ørn E. Borgen / NTB): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmRgG5iq
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia