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Finland’s Prime Minister on Official Visit in Iceland

Finland’s Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde met in Iceland yesterday. After the meeting the prime ministers held a joint press conference in which Finnish reporters repeatedly asked Haarde about Iceland’s economy.

The reporters asked Haarde whether he could confirm a rumor the reporters claimed was circulating in the business community in Iceland that the country had suffered a blow to its image of trade in Finland because of Iceland’s worsening economic situation, Morgunbladid reports.

Haarde responded he could not say anything about Iceland’s image in the private business sector which lies outside his domain. If that is the case, private companies have to solve that problem, the prime minister said.

Both Haarde and Vanhanen said they did not worry about Iceland’s image in Finland in regards to diplomatic relations between the two countries because they were as good as ever.

Iceland’s and Finland’s relations with Russia were also discussed; Finland has strong political and economical connections with Russia.

Haarde told Vanhanen about Iceland’s concern that Russian military jets enter Iceland’s air observation zone without permission, as happened last week.

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