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Iceland’s Foreign Minister on Icesave Tour

Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson met his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos in Madrid on Wednesday evening, after meeting British Foreign Minister David Miliband in London the same day. Icesave was discussed at both meetings.

Moratinos (left) and Skarphédinsson in Madrid on Wednesday evening. Courtesy of the Icelandic Foreign Ministry.

Skarphédinsson explained the situation of the Icesave debate to Moratinos, discussed the political unity in Iceland and relations with British and Dutch authorities, a press release from the Icelandic Foreign Ministry states.

The minister also mentioned the IMF’s economic stabilization program for Iceland and encouraged Moratinos, as the current chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, to support its review—which has been delayed because of Icesave.

It is important that friendly nations show their support for Iceland in action during these difficult times, Skarphédinsson reasoned.

Yesterday, Skarphédinsson had a telephone meeting with Audronius Azubalis, who has just been appointed foreign minister of Lithuania.

Skarphédinsson told Azubalis about the complex Icesave situation, requesting Lithuania’s support. He also explained the position of Iceland’s membership application to the EU.

Azubalis requested that the president of Iceland and the country’s foreign minister honor Lithuanians next month when 20 years have passed since the country declared independence from the Soviet Union.

Click here to read more about Icesave and here to read more about Iceland and the EU.

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