Iceland Prime Minister: I’ll Be Out Of Town During Mike Pence’s Visit To Our Country
During an interview with Icelandic publication RUV released on Wednesday, Iceland Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said she won’t be in town during Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming visit to the country next month due to “previous scheduling arrangements she made around the same time.”
The local publication reported that Pence is scheduled to discuss the country’s “strategic geographical position in relation to the Arctic” and NATO efforts during the upcoming visit.
When pressed by the publication about whether her decision to skip Pence’s coming visit was to rebuff the Trump administration in any way in light of recent tensions that have arisen between Trump and Denmark, Jakobsdottir said, “Absolutely not. We have many projects to attend to.”
“I can promise everyone that when Mike Pence comes here – and I am working on the assumption that the date is now firm – that he will meet a top-ranking team of Icelandic leaders,” she added.
Tensions between Trump and Denmark emerged earlier this week following reports that Trump had talked about possibly purchasing Greenland.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the idea “absurd,” saying, “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant.”
In response to Frederiksen’s reaction, Trump canceled a visit he had scheduled to Denmark next month, saying in a tweet on Tuesday: “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time.”
“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!” he also tweeted.
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