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Due to “5-state consultation” on fishing in the Arctic Ocean - 23.7.2015

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has called the ambassadors of the United States of America, Denmark, Canada, Norway and the Russian Federation to a meeting in the ministry and made observations on the consultation of the five states on fishing in the Arctic Ocean, signed in Oslo last week. MORE...

New report on Gender Equality in the Arctic - 29.4.2015

A conference report on gender equality has just been published. The report Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges contains summaries and highlights from an international conference held in Akureyri, Iceland, 30-31 October 2014.  MORE...

EU Presidency responds to Foreign Minister's letter - 27.4.2015

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson Minister for Foreign Affairs has received a reply from the Presidency of the European Union to a letter from March this year where he announced that the Government of Iceland did not intend to resume accession negotiations with the EU and that it considered Iceland no longer a candidate country. The reply letter from Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkvics, who currently holds the Presidency of the EU, states that the EU Council has taken note of the Icelandic government's position and will accordingly consider certain further practical adjustments to the EU Council working procedures. 


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Iceland offers humanitarian assistance to Nepal - 26.4.2015

Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has decided to donate 10 million Icelandic kronas to humanitarian assistance through the International National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in response to the devastating earthquake that struck  Nepal yesterday. 

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Minister Sveinsson meets with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg - 17.4.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met in Reykjavík today. During their meeting they discussed security and defence issues and the challenges that NATO Allies are faced with due to the situation in Ukraine and the emergence of the terrorist organisation ISIS.

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Solid foundations of Iceland's foreign policy - 19.3.2015

Today Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, presented his annual report to Parliament on Foreign and International affairs.

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Foreign Minister reiterates that sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected - 18.3.2015

Reiteration by Minister Sveinsson as one year has passed since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.

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Government considers Iceland no longer an EU candidate - 12.3.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson today met with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics, who currently holds the Presidency of the EU, announcing that the Government considers that Iceland is no longer a candidate country and requests the EU to act in accordance with this from now on.

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Humanitarian assistance to Malawi due to floods - 2.2.2015

Iceland will donate approx. 75,000 US dollars in humanitarian assistance to Malawi. The funds will be channeled through Unicef and used to assist those affected by the recent floods.  MORE...

Barbershop Conference to rally men and boys to uphold gender equality - 9.1.2015

The Conference will bring together politicians, diplomats, celebrities and gender equality campaigners to discuss gender equality and how men need to be a part of this important discourse

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