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Remarks With Icelandic Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 18, 2011


SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am delighted to welcome my colleague, the foreign minister of Iceland, here. This is, as he was just saying, the occasion of the inauguration of flights from Reykjavik to Washington and back and forth, which is delightful for those of us who love your country. And there is a lot for us to work on. We were just together in Greenland last week.


SECRETARY CLINTON: And there will be a number of areas that we’ll be discussing that will expand on our already very strong bilateral relationship. Welcome.

FOREIGN MINISTER SKARPHEDINSSON: Well, thank you very much for your warm welcome. It’s a pleasure for me to be here, meet – nowadays, I’m meeting you every week. You really had an exquisite tour in Greenland, where we went out on the boat and you met three press corps and said later that you had seen the wonders of Greenland, including the press.

SECRETARY CLINTON: That’s true. (Laughter.) Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2011/781

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