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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’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.