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Icelandic and US Coastguard to cooperate

The Icelandic and US Coastguard agreed to cooperate on rescue operations following meetings between Icelandic and US officials in Washington and Boston last week. A draft of an agreement has been made to be signed in August.

“The central matter is that we are offering the US Coastguard our cooperation on equal grounds regarding giving out information and cooperating on rescue operations, training and staff exchange,” Georg Lárusson, the director of the Icelandic Coastguard, told Fréttabladid.

“This agreement is without a doubt very important for us,” Lárusson said, comparing its importance to the agreement between the Icelandic government and the Danish Ministry of Defense on rescue issues.

“We also hope there will be more agreements like this in the near future,” Lárusson said.

At the meetings in Washington and Boston on April 12 and 13, a direct connection between the Icelandic Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs, the Icelandic Coastguard and the US Coastguard was established.

Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason said he would not reveal the exact nature of the agreement, but said the Icelandic government would have better access to important information than in the past.

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