Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir met with Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany, yesterday in Berlin, RÚV reports. During their meeting, they discussed issues facing the world today, and Katrín broached the matter of how best to proceed in the matter of Haukur Hilmarsson, who's missing and presumed dead after a Turkish air raid in Afrin, Syria, last month.
"When we discussed the situation in Turkey, I used to opportunity to ask if Icelandic officials could get help from their German colleagues, due to our lack of experience in these matters,“ Katrín stated to RÚV that the request was well received, although she declined to comment further.
Haukur‘s death has not been officially confirmed, although representatives of the exiled Kurdish opposition in Syria have presented his mother with documents confirming his death.
According to Katrín, the meeting with Merkel was both successful and useful. Among other issues, they discussed refugees, Russia, and matters of the Arctic. „Merkel also asked me about the political situation in Iceland. She was very interested and seemed well informed,“ Katrín stated.