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Foreign Minister Reacts to Trump’s Victory

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Foreign Minister Reacts to Trump’s Victory

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir

Minister of Foreign Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir.Photo: Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir was interviewed on RÚV radio this morning and asked about her reaction to Donald Trump having been elected President of the US.

“It’s too early to tell what his policy and emphases will be exactly,” she stated. “For example, on security and defense issues, it’s hard to predict about his policy, there was, for example no list put forth with his emphases, goals and policy.”

She pointed out it was unclear whether President Trump would be much different from the candidate Trump. “For us [Icelanders], it’s important to evaluate our relations with the US. They have been good for decades. This is an important country to us in international relations. We’ll evaluate the situation and see what happens.”

Lilja stated that had Clinton been elected, not much change would have been expected in foreign policy. “There is more uncertainty regarding [Trump’s] emphases and goals,” she remarked. “That can’t be denied, but time will tell. For Icelanders, it’s important to promote our emphases and issues in the clear way we have been doing.”

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