State Visit from Vietnam
President Nguyen Minh Triet and Mrs Tran Thi Kim Chi of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam paid a formal State Visit to Norway on 5 and 6 June. The President and First Lady came to Norway at the invitation of His Majesty King Harald.
Their visit commenced with an official welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square.
After the welcoming ceremony, the President visited the Storting (Norwegian national assembly), where he was received by Mr. Torbjørn Jagland, President of the Storting. Her Majesty Queen Sonja and Mrs Tran Thi Kim Chi attended a guided tour of the new opera house in Bjørvika.
An official luncheon was held at the Royal Palace, after which the King and Queen and the President and First Lady were taken to Akershus Castle for a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument.
The day concluded with a gala dinner at the Royal Palace.
On the morning of 6 June President Nguyen Minh Triet had official talks with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the Prime Ministers Office. Afterwards the President, together with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, departed for the offices of Telenor, at Fornebu, where they attended a seminar entitled Business Forum Vietnam and Norway. Subsequently, the President paid a visit to the Supreme Court.
Her Majesty The Queen accompanied Mrs. Tran Thi Kim Chi to the Bygdøy Peninsula, where they were taken on guided tours of the Viking Ships Museum and the Open Air Folk Museum.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg hosted an official luncheon at Akershus Castle in honour of the Vietnamese Presidential couple. King Harald and Queen Sonja and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess were all in attendance.
The State Visit was concluded on Friday, with a cruise on the Oslo Fjord on board the Royal Yacht, K/S Norge.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.