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Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk met with Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Iceland

26. February 2020 - 15:57
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk met with Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Iceland
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk met with Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Iceland

Today, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Kristjan Prikk met with Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Iceland. The main topics of discussion at the meeting concerned the security situation in Europe and especially the Antarctic, bilateral defence cooperation work, and the latest developments within NATO.

‘Iceland has always been a strong supporter of Estonia, and this has once again been proven by Iceland’s contribution to the NATO battle group stationed in Estonia. We also welcome Iceland’s decision to send its representatives to the NATO battle groups stationed in Latvia and Lithuania’, said Prikk. ‘As small countries, we share a similar understanding of NATO membership and the importance of the transatlantic connection to our security', he added.

At the meeting, Prikk and Thordarson discussed the interests of the countries and the ever-intensifying activities in the Arctic.
‘In parallel with the nearby region, we are closely following developments in the Far North, along with Russia's efforts to strengthen its military capabilities in the Arctic. Iceland’s assessment of the situation and experiences are valuable to us’, noted Prikk.

During his visit today, Minister Thordarson visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, which Iceland is welcome to join.

Additional information: press[at]kaitseministeerium[dot]ee