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Al Gore Meets President of Iceland

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson invited former US Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore to dinner at his residence Bessastadir outside Reykjavík last night. Before dinner, Grímsson and Gore held a joint press conference.

“The fact that you have joined the league of few individuals and become one of the most influential modern world leaders bears witness to your leading ability,” Grímsson told Gore during the press conference. “It bears witness to your braveness, intelligence and statesmanship. Your story is a good example of how much one person can achieve.”

Iceland’s president added that Gore’s encouragement for people to take action against climate change delivered the important message that small nations like Iceland could also make contributions to this project, the most important project humans have ever faced, Morgunbladid reports.

Gore also praised Grímsson’s work at the press conference. “Since we first met we have stayed in touch and worked together on a few projects. I’m a big fan of his leadership and Iceland’s leadership in issues related to renewable energy and climate change.”

Grímsson also invited Gore to a meeting with Icelandic scientists, including Andrés Arnalds, assistant director of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCS).

“It is a great opportunity […] for Iceland to share scientific knowledge because Gore has such a powerful network of contacts around the world,” Arnalds said. “What he says about us in other places could have great influence.”

Al Gore will hold a presentation on environmental issues in the lecture hall of the University of Iceland today.

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