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Prime Minister Turns Down US Naval Invitation

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Prime Minister Turns Down US Naval Invitation

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Photo: Golli.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir turned down an invitation to tour the USS Harry S. Truman, an aircraft carrier in the service of the US Navy, RÚV reports.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson and several other members of the Icelandic parliament’s NATO committee did accept the invitation, along with the Foreign Ministry’s defense office. MPs from both the governing coalition and the opposition also visited the carrier.

Per the platform of the Left-Green party to which Katrín belongs, Iceland should resign from NATO and stop allowing military training exercises to take place in the country. Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry announced that several hundred NATO soldiers would be undertaking military maneuvers in Iceland and Norway in October. This then prompted Katrín to clarify that while it may not be what she or her party wants, the maneuvers are still in accordance with Iceland’s national security policy and part of its participation in NATO.

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