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Obama and Biden Discuss Iceland’s Energy Success

US Vice President Joe Biden told President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at a meeting in the US Foreign Ministry yesterday that he and US President Barack Obama had discussed Iceland’s achievements in energy harnessing among themselves.

Obama with Iceland’s Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson and at a NATO summit in April, where they discussed energy cooperation between Iceland and the US. Courtesy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Biden and Grímsson attended a 300-guest dinner party to celebrate “Iceland’s achievements in energy issues,” as stated on the website of the Icelandic Presidential Office. At the dinner, Grímsson mentioned how “the technological skills of Icelanders could prove useful to other nations.”

Grímsson is currently in the US to attend three symposiums. He has also appeared in interviews, discussing the collapse of the Icelandic banking system last fall.

“Whatever you say about the Icelandic banks, they operated within the framework of the European regulations on banking and finance,” the Icelandic president told Bloomberg.

The idea of energy cooperation between Iceland and the US was first discussed between Obama and Iceland’s Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson during a NATO summit in April this year.

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