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Icelandic and Indian Foreign Ministers Meet in New Delhi

By Iceland Review

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson made a formal request at a meeting with S.M. Krishna, India’s Foreign Minister, in New Delhi on Wednesday that India would continue to support Iceland’s economic recovery program within the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna welcomes his Icelandic counterpart Össur Skarphédinsson. Courtesy of the Icelandic Foreign Ministry.

Skarphédinsson also expressed his gratitude for India’s positive reaction towards the Icelandic government’s request for support when disbursement of the IMF’s loan to Iceland was delayed at an earlier stage, as stated on the ministry’s website.

The two ministers welcomed considerable growth in trade between the two countries and discussed ways to further it more, for example by advancing a Free Trade Agreement between India and the EFTA-states.

Krishna requested closer cooperation with Iceland in fisheries. The next step in that area will be taken when a group of Indian specialists participate in a UNU Fisheries Training Program in Iceland.

Skarphédinsson gave an account on the status of the cooperation between the nations in geothermal energy development; an agreement on a small geothermal power project is in its final stages.

Other energy collaborations were discussed, such as the design and construction of small geothermal power plants in the mountain regions of northern India and the interest of Indian investors in producing silicon chips and equipment for solar plants in Iceland, using renewable energy.

Finally the ministers discussed the cooperation between Iceland and India in international affairs and the situation in North Africa, Afghanistan and Palestine, as well as India’s relations with its neighboring countries, the situation in Iceland and prospects in the Arctic region.

On Monday, Skarphédinsson met with Indian Minister for the Environment Jairam Ramesh and Minister for Tourism Subodh Kant Sahay.

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