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Foreign Minister Thordarson meets with Foreign Secretary Johnson - 18.4.2017

Today Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson met with his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in London to discuss ways to increase political cooperation and enhance strong trade relations between Iceland and the United Kingdom, post-Brexit.

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Barbershop at the Nordic house - Mobilizing Men and Boys for Gender Equality - 12.4.2017

A Barbershop Conference focused on mobilizing men and boys for gender equality will be held at the Nordic House in Reykjavík on 23 May 2017.

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Forseti Íslands, utanríkisráðherra og Rússlandsforseti

Foreign Minister and President meet with Russia's President Putin - 30.3.2017

The President of Iceland, Gudni Th. Johannesson, and Guðlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, today had a meeting with Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, in Archangelsk, where they have been taking part in the International Arctic Forum.

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Future Outlook on Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region - 27.2.2017

Symposium to mark the 25th anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

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NATO members stand strong and united - 16.2.2017

Earlier today NATO defence ministers concluded their meeting in Brussels where discussions focused on transatlantic relations, security challenges and increased defence preparedness in the Alliance's eastern and southern areas.

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Icelandic Government expresses grave concerns - 31.1.2017

This morning, Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson met in Reykjavík with US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Benjamin Ziff, and expressed the Icelandic Government's regrets and grave concerns regarding the executive order of the President of the United States on imposing a ban on refugees and citizens of seven countries entering the United States.

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Utanríkisráðherra ásamt erlendu sendiherrunum

Foreign Minister meets with residing Ambassadors - 17.1.2017

Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson met today with foreign ambassadors residing in Reykjvík and introduced the new government‘s priority foreign policy issues. 

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Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson utanríkisráðherra

New Foreign Minister takes office - 11.1.2017

A Government of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future has been formed and took office today.

Eleven ministers will take seat in the Government, six from the Independence Party, three from the Reform Party and two from Bright Future. Three of the current ministries, the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Welfare, will have two ministers each.

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"Iceland" issue a matter of principle - 2.12.2016

At a meeting with Iceland Foods, the company stated that it was unwilling to relinquish control of the wordmark “Iceland” and presented proposals that fell short of Iceland's expectations. Legal action to invalidate the exclusive trademark of ‘Iceland' held by Iceland Foods at the EUIPO that started in November will proceed.

 

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Legal action over the use of the word ‘Iceland' - 24.11.2016

The Government of Iceland, on behalf of Iceland's businesses and people, today announces that it has taken legal action against the UK supermarket chain Iceland Foods with the goal of ensuring the right of Icelandic companies to use the word ‘ICELAND' in relation to their goods and services.

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Iceland welcomes announcement by EFTA Surveillance Authority - 23.11.2016

Iceland today welcomes the announcement from the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) that Icelandic laws on the treatment of offshore krona assets are compliant with the EEA agreement.

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Results of 29 October parliamentary elections - 31.10.2016

The unofficial results of the parliamentary elections held on 29 October 2016, are as following, based on information from Senior Election Commissions.

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Iceland's women walkout to demand equal pay - 24.10.2016

Icelandic women leave their workplaces at 14:38 hrs. today, demanding equal pay for the same work as men. Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, along with women employees of the ministry, in Iceland and elsewhere, will participate in the walkout.

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Iceland and Baltic States mark 25th anniversary of reestablishment of diplomatic relations - 27.9.2016

The Foreign Ministers of the three Baltic States and Iceland attended a signing ceremony yesterday in Reykjavík,  to mark the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and Iceland's recognition of independence of the Baltic State

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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by Iceland - 22.9.2016

Iceland's Parliament has unanimously adopted the Foreign Minister's proposal  to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Iceland ratifies the Paris Agreement - 21.9.2016

During a high-level UN event in New York, marking the entry into force of the United Nations Paris Agreement, Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, announced today that Iceland has formally ratified the Agreement.

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The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation - 19.9.2016

20th Anniversary statement by Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council Member States.

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Resolution for ratification of the Paris Agreement put forward to Parliament - 12.9.2016

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, has put forward a resolution to Parliament on the ratification of the United Nations' Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Parliament passes bill on National Security Council - 8.9.2016

Permanent members of the National Security Council are the Prime Minister, who will serve as the Chairman of the Council, the Foreign Minister, the Minister of the Interior as well as the Permanent Secretaries of the respective three Ministries

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Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sworn in as President - 2.8.2016

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson took office yesterday, 1 August, as the 6th President of the Republic of Iceland.

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Situation in Turkey very serious - 25.7.2016

„The Icelandic government has followed recent events in Turkey very closely and expresses its concerns about the situation, which has become very serious“, says Lilja Alfredsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs. „Developments in Turkey during this last week have been both rapid and unpredictable and Iceland calls for calm and reconciliation,” says the Foreign Minister. “It is important that Turkish authorities fully respect their human rights obligations.

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Joint Declaration between Iceland and the United States on security and defense affairs - 29.6.2016

The declaration stipulates continued support of the United States to the NATO air surveillance mission in Iceland and rotational presence of ASWs, close consultations on security and defense affairs, maintainance and operation of defense facilities, information exchange and practical cooperation in the fields of search and rescue and disaster relief.

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Reactions to UK's decision to leave the EU - 24.6.2016

During its meeting earlier today the Government of Iceland discussed the results of the British referendum on European Union membership and UK's decision to leave the EU

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Over 70 Foreign Ambassadors participated in the National Day celebrations - 17.6.2016

The participation of foreign representatives has been an inseperable part of the official celebrations and an important venue for Icelandic authorities to strengthen ties with friends from all over the world.

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Hrannar Pétursson Political Advisor to the Minister - 4.5.2016

Mr. Hrannar Pétursson has been appointed as a political advisor to the Minster for Foreign Affairs, as of today, 4 May

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Parliament approves national security policy for Iceland - 18.4.2016

On 13 April Parliament approved the Minister for Foreign Affairs' proposed Parliamentary resolution on a national security policy for Iceland, with no dissenting vote.

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Sendiherrar Íslands og Sameinuðu arabísku furstadæmanna í London undirrituðu samninginn

Tax Information Exchange Agreement with UAE signed - 12.4.2016

A Tax Information Exchange Agreement between Iceland and the United Arab Emirates was signed today, thereby completing a joint Nordic campaign on agreements with low-tax jurisdictions. A total of 44 agreements have been concluded. 

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Lilja Alfreðsdóttir tekur við af Gunnari Braga

Iceland's new Minister for Foreign Affairs - 8.4.2016

A new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Lilja Alfredsdottir,  took office today, succeeding Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson who had held the position since  23 May 2013.

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Re-Granting of Icelandic Citizenship - 4.4.2016

The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration draws attention to the fact that the deadline for applying for the re-granting of Icelandic citizenship is 1 July 2016.   MORE...

A summary of Minister Sveinsson's report to Althingi - 22.3.2016

On 17 March Foreign Minister, Mr Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, presented his annual report on Foreign and International Affairs to Althingi, the Parliament of Iceland. 

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Minister presents annual report on Foreign and International Affairs to Parliament - 17.3.2016

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

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Information sheet on fighting bribery - 17.2.2016

In light of increased emphasis put on fighting bribery in international business, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, has distributed an information sheet to all Icelandic embassies and missions.

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No talks on permanent stationing in Keflavik - 10.2.2016

In light of a recent reports which state that the U.S. Navy is returning to Keflavík air base, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs wishes to clarify the following: 

There are no talks taking place between Iceland and the U.S. on permanent stationing of American servicemen in Iceland. 

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Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson addresses the Supporting Syria & the Region conference in London - 9.2.2016

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister, addressed a conference in London on Thursday, supporting Syria and it's neighbouring countries.

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Evaluation of political and economic interests - 13.1.2016

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has published its evaluation of the political and economic interests as regards sanctions towards Russia due to the conflicts in the Crimea and the eastern Ukraine.

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ICEDIA's activities transferred to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - 12.1.2016

The purpose is to simplify the organisation of development cooperation in order to maximise results and ensure the best possible use of the funds allocated to this policy area.

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Gunnar Bragi í ræðustól á COP21.

Utilisation of geothermal energy in Iceland and in East Africa - 8.12.2015

Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, today made opening remarks at two events in relation to the Climate Change Conference, COP21,  in Paris.

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Gunnar Bragi og Adnan Amin, framkvæmdastjóri IRENA.

Global Geothermal Alliance established - 1.12.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, today announced the establishment of the Global Geothermal Alliance at the COP21. The Alliance is formed by over thirty states and organisations.

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Sixteen projects part of climate change action plan - 25.11.2015

The government of Iceland has announced a three-year climate change action plan intended to sharpen Iceland's focus on climate change issue. MORE...

Foreign Minister condemns acts of terrorism in Paris - 14.11.2015

The Foreign Minister strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attacks that have taken place in Paris and states that the hearts and minds of Icelanders are with those affected.

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Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Vietnam meet in Hanoi - 5.11.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson met today with Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. The meeting was held in connection with the state visit of the President of Iceland to Vietnam.  MORE...

Land Restoration as a Response to Climate Change - 23.10.2015

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson attended the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. MORE...

Nine Prime Ministers discuss creative industries and public sector innovation at Northern Future Forum in Reykjavik - 12.10.2015

Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson has invited the Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe at the Northern Future Forum seminar, to be held in Reykjavik on 28th – and 29 th of November. The themes of the meeting are creative industries and simpler, smarter and innovative public services.

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Foreign Minister welcomes UN Sustainable Develoment Goals  - 5.10.2015

Statement to the UN General Assembly last Friday by Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson.

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City Council withdraws motion on boycott on Israeli products - 23.9.2015

The Reykjavík City Council withdrew yesterday, 22 September, a motion accepted on 15 September 2015, to prepare and formulate a boycott on Israeli products. MORE...

Two billion ISK reserved for support to refugees and asylum seekers - 20.9.2015

The government of Iceland has decided to recommend to Parliament that 2 billion ISK (14 million EUR) will be provided for support to refugees and asylum seekers to respond to the alarming refugee crisis due to the conflict in Syria. MORE...

Government reiterates City Council's resolution is not in line with Iceland‘s foreign policy  - 20.9.2015

The Icelandic government discussed over the weekend the decision by the ruling majority of Reykjavik City Council to implement a boycott of Israeli products.

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City of Reykjavik's resolution not in line with Iceland‘s foreign policy - 18.9.2015

Reykjavik City resolution to boycott products from Israel should not be seen to reflect on Iceland‘s relations with Israel. 

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New OECD survey on Iceland economy - 1.9.2015

Today, the OECD published a new economic survey on the Icelandic economic situation and policies. The previous survey was published in 2013. MORE...

Government deeply regrets Russia's decision on import ban - 13.8.2015

The Icelandic government deeply regrets the decision of the Russian government to add Iceland to the list of countries that are subjected to an import ban to Russia.

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