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Iceland’s Prime Minister and President Congratulate Biden on Victory

By Yelena

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Photo: Golli.

Iceland’s Prime Minister, President, and Minister for Foreign Affairs have sent their congratulations and best wishes to Joe Biden on his victory in the US election.

“Congratulations @JoeBiden on your win as president elect of the United States of America,” Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir tweeted on Saturday evening. “I wish you well in office and look forward to further strengthening our countries relations on crucial matters such as climate change and human rights.”

In a separate Tweet, Katrín stated she was “delighted” to congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, adding “I wish you all the best and look forward to your leadership in office.”

Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson send his best wishes to Biden and Harris yesterday. According to a press release from the President’s Office, his greetings emphasised the countries’ “deep-rooted co-operation and friendship and long shared history.” Although the United States are one of the largest democracies in the world and Iceland one of the smallest, they share many important values such as freedom of thought and expression and equal rights for all citizens, Guðni stated. He also congratuled the two in a Facebook post.

Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson tweeted his congratulations to the pair yesterday, emphasising the long-standing friendship between the US and Iceland. Guðlaugur met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just last week.

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Katrín called Harris’ election a major milestone in gender equality and expressed her hope that the United States would once again become party to the Paris Agreement under Biden’s leadership. “Biden has talked a great deal about climate issues, for example,” she stated. “I hope that the United States will return to the table in the international community and become party to the Paris Agreement again so we can see changes there.”

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