Iceland’s Prime Minister Visits Greece and Albania

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Iceland’s Prime Minister Visits Greece and Albania

Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde arrived in Athens yesterday after an official visit to Albania. Haarde and Greece’s Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis held a long meeting after his arrival, discussing increased cooperation.

The prime ministers were keen to strengthen relations between Iceland and Greece, among other things with increased mutual trade and investments, Morgunbladid reports.

Artist Saimir Strati (center) with Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde (right), Prime Minister of Albania Sali Berisha (left) and their wives on August 26. Once completed (scheduled for September 4) the mosaic will measure nearly 100 square meters, consisting of around 300,000 wine corks, “one for each person in Iceland,” Strati joked. Photo courtesy of RD Newspaper.

“It is very pleasing to be here, because like in Albania, the main streets were decorated with Icelandic flags for the occasion of my visit,” Haarde said, adding that after the meeting, he invited Karamanlis to visit Iceland, who accepted the invitation.

In Albania, Haarde met with Prime Minister Sali Berisha, among other things to discuss the ratification of the membership protocol for NATO, as described in a press release.

During a break, the prime ministers and their wives visited the gardens of Sheraton Tirana where they met artist Saimir Strati who is working on the world’s largest cork mosaic—his third Guinness World Record artwork.