The meeting between British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, and Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geir H. Haarde, began with a summary of the fortunes of the English soccer team Blackburn Rovers, reports today’s Morgunbladid.
In a 45 minute meeting at Straw’s office yesterday, the Foreign Secretary and Icelandic Minister discussed the relations between the two nations including the great expansion of Icelandic companies to the UK. At the meeting it was announced that Icelandic companies in Britain employ more people than companies from Switzerland.
Morgunbladid reports that Straw declared that the British were delighted with the increased Icelandic investments in Britain and in general the substantial trade between the nations.
Geir told Morgunbladid that he found it interesting that Straw did not believe that Icelanders would gain much by joining the EU. According to Haarde, Straw said that Icelanders were doing well outside the union and therefore it was not necessary for Iceland to consider joining.