United States & Iceland: Reaffirming Shared Commitments

Washington, DC (STL.News) Ned Price, Department Spokesperson released the following statement:

“I’ll also represent the United States at next month’s ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, where I’ll reaffirm America’s commitment to meeting our climate goals and encourage other Arctic nations to do the same.”

– Secretary Antony J. Blinken, April 19, 2021

Secretary Blinken is attending the Arctic Council Ministerial in Reykjavik, Iceland, May 17-20, 2021.  During his visit, the Secretary will meet with Icelandic President Gudni Johannesson, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, and Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson to discuss U.S.-Icelandic priorities related to climate change, human rights, bilateral cooperation, and the Arctic.

A Relationship Based on Shared Values and Commitments

The U.S.-Icelandic relationship is based firmly on a history of cooperation and mutual support.  The United States was the first country to recognize Iceland’s independence in 1944.  The two countries share a commitment to individual freedom, human rights, and democracy.
As partners and Allies, the United States and Iceland work together on a wide range of issues, including ensuring peaceful cooperation in the Arctic and harnessing renewable energy sources.  The United States and Iceland have been North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allies since 1949, and 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Icelandic bilateral defense agreement. 

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