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Denmark’s PM on Official Visit to Iceland

Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt arrived at Reykjavík Airport at noon yesterday. She was chauffeured to Þingvellir National Park where she was greeted by Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.


Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Þingvellir. Source: the website of the Prime Minister of Iceland’s Office.

They walked from the reception down the Almannagjá canyon and to the ancient parliamentary site Lögberg under the guidance of ranger Ólafur Arnar Haraldsson, as stated on the website of the Prime Minister of Iceland’s Office.

After the walk, the ministers met other officials and consultants at the Prime Minister of Iceland’s residency at Þingvellir.

Attendees discussed the problems facing the Eurozone; Denmark presided over the European Union earlier this year. They also discussed Iceland’s accession talks with the EU and Thorning-Schmidt stated that Denmark supports Iceland’s membership, reports.

The mackerel fishing dispute between Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway and the EU came up and Thorning-Schmidt said Denmark, along with other EU member states, is interested in being party to negotiations on the quota.

After the trip to Þingvellir, Thorning-Schmidt visited the Alþingi parliament in Reykjavík accompanied by Speaker of Parliament Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir.

In the evening, Thorning-Schmidt and her entourage were invited to a banquet hosted by Iceland’s PM and her wife Jónína Leósdóttir in the Culture House in Reykjavík.

The Danish PM’s official visit to Iceland ended this morning when she continued her trip onwards to Greenland.

She will visit Danish soldiers at camp Thule and meet representatives of the Greenlandic and Faroese home rule to discuss common interests. Oil and energy are expected to be among the topics discussed, concluded.

Greenland and the Faroe Islands are autonomous regions within the Kingdom of Denmark. Iceland was declared a republic in 1944.

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