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Opening of Icelandic consulate marks increasing ties between Arctic neighbours

Aleqa Hammond, Greenland’s premier and Iceland’s Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson celebrated the opening of Iceland's Consulate General office in Greenland last week (Photo: Government of Greenland)

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Iceland has opened a Consulate General’s office in Nuuk, Greenland.

Aleqa Hammond, Greenland’s premier, and Iceland’s foreign minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson celebrated the opening last week along with other members of governments of both countries.

Hammond and Sveinsson also signed an Iceland-Greenland Joint Declaration paving the way for closer co-operation between Iceland and Greenland in a variety of areas.

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“Iceland’s opening of a consulate general in Nuuk shows how much they value relations with Greenland,” Hammond said at the opening ceremony. “The feeling is mutual.”

Iceland’s official diplomatic ties with Greenland go through Copenhagen, which controls the foreign policy of the self-governing territory. Hammond, however, noted that that there are many areas on which Nuuk and Reykjavik can co-operate directly “for the common good”.

Icelandic companies are showing increasing interest in Greenland, and the office aims to assist those companies looking at operating in the country.

The Nuuk consulate will be headed up by Ambassador Petur Asgeirsson.