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Minister of Foreign Affairs to Seek Exception to Travel Ban

Minister of Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington DC next week, RÚV reports. Guðlaugur Þór had initially requested a phone call to discuss the terms of US President Donald Trump’s recent European travel ban but received an invitation to an in-person meeting on Thursday instead. Guðlaugur Þór will use the meeting to seek an exemption to the travel ban for Iceland.

See Also: Iceland Among Countries Facing US Travel Ban

After the ban was announced, Guðlaugur Þór attended a meeting at the US Embassy in Reykjavík and spoke with both US Ambassador Jeffrey Ross Gunter and his deputy to discuss the matter. Guðlaugur Þór’s assistant, Borgar Þór Einarsson, told reporters that it is likely that the US Secretary’s decision to invite him to a meeting stemmed from this discussion.

Borgar Þór said that the minister intends to lay out a logistical plan for how an Icelandic exemption could be managed. He also to emphasize Iceland’s “unique position” in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely that it is an island nation just like the UK, which has been exempted from President Trump’s travel ban.


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