The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement yesterday in reaction to criticism that no high-ranking official from Iceland attended the peace march in Paris last weekend, acknowledging that in hindsight, a high-ranking official should have been sent to Paris.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson iterated on his Facebook page on Sunday that he had not rejected an invitation to attend the march, as no invitation was sent to him specifically.
However, “I was interested in being there in person as the events in France and related events have had a profound effect on me, as on many others,” he wrote.
Because of a number of reasons the PM was unable to attend, as reasoned in the statement from his office, and therefore it was made sure that Iceland would have a different representative at the march—the deputy head of mission at the Icelandic Embassy in Paris.
Sigmundur added in his Facebook entry that he had received a letter from the French Embassy in Iceland where Icelandic authorities were given thanks for their support.