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Disappointment and Protest Meet US Secretary of State

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir expressed her disappointment with the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement during her meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, RÚV reports.

Katrín also used the informal, twenty-minute meeting to urge a halt to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and to share her concern that the US’s disarmament treaty with Russia was in jeopardy.

During his allotted time to raise issues, Mike also discussed demonstrations outside of Icelandic parliament that were protesting human rights issues in the US, specifically human rights violations against children on the US-Mexico border. RÚV reports that several dozen young people from the youth branches of five different political parties—the Young Left-Greens, Young Social Democrats, Young Pirates, Young Socialists, and Young Reform Party members—gathered to protest during the Prime Minister and Secretary of State’s meeting.

Kristófer Alex Guðmundsson, the president of the Young Reform Party, explained that he was not, in fact, against the Prime Minister meeting with Mike Pompeo. “We want him to come and we should have a conversation and that’s how we can have an influence,” he said. “We won’t have any influence by telling people they can’t come to the country.”

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