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Foreign Minister of Iceland Meets Westerwelle

Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson met his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Berlin yesterday. They discussed Iceland’s application to the European Union, among other topics, and how the German parliament will handle it.

Össur Skarphédinsson (left) and Guido Westerwelle. Courtesy of Iceland’s Foreign Ministry.

According to a press release from the Icelandic Foreign Ministry, Westerwelle declared his support for Iceland’s application and satisfaction with the opinion of the European Commission, which recommended the opening of accession talks with Iceland last week.

Skarphédinsson reviewed the International Monetary Fund’s economic stabilization program for Iceland, as well and the main issues of the Icesave negotiations with the UK and the Netherlands that have taken place in London in the past days.

Furthermore, the ministers discussed the relations between Iceland and Germany in the field of trade, tourism, culture and Iceland being the guest of honor at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.

Skarphédinsson also met the chairpersons of the foreign affairs and European affairs committees of the German parliament, along with a group of German parliamentarians who are following developments in Iceland.

In all of these meetings the minister reviewed Iceland’s application to the EU, the IMF’s program and the Icesave issue.

He also discussed these matters in a meeting with Michel Barnier, who is in charge of the inner market affairs of the European Commission in Brussels.

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