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Foreign Minister Firm on Russia Sanctions

Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is determined not to withdraw his support for Western sanctions against Russia, despite losses suffered by the fishing industry after Russia imposed an import ban on food from Iceland in August.

David Cameron and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Northern Future Forum 2015

Cameron: ‘Icesave is in the Past’

British prime minister David Cameron, who was in Iceland yesterday for the Northern Future Forum, said he believed that both countries had now put Icesave behind them and were focusing on other issues.

Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson and David Cameron outside the Icelandic Parliament

Cameron Arrives in Iceland

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Iceland today to attend the Northern Future Forum in Reykjavík, which begins tomorrow. He met with PM of Iceland Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson at Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, this evening. The PMs plan to discuss relations and cooperation between...

A cargo ship with containers.

Russia Could Impose Sanctions on Iceland

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, says that trade sanctions against Iceland are a possibility in light of the Icelandic government’s continued support for Western sanctions against Russia following its support for the uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland’s PM Meets EU Chiefs in Brussels

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is currently on an official visit to Brussels for the first time since Iceland terminated accession talks with the EU in March, where he met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk today and President of the European Commission...

Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson, chair of the Association of Muslims in Iceland.

Iceland Muslim Association Unaware of Saudi Funding

Chair of the Association of Muslims in Iceland Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson stated that he had not heard of the USD 1 million (ISK 135.5 million) donation from the government of Saudi Arabia for the building of the association’s mosque in Reykjavík until contacted by RÚV’s journalists yesterday...

US President Barack Obama with Iceland's new Ambassador to the US, Geir H. Haarde.

Obama Accepts Geir’s Letter of Credence

U.S President Barack Obama accepted Geir H. Haarde’s letter of credence at a ceremony at the White House yesterday, formally appointing Geir, former prime minister of Iceland and leader of the Independence Party, as Iceland’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir.

Progressive Party to Modify Wording of EEA Agreement

Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir of the Progressive Party has stated that all the regulations Iceland must follow as part of the EEA Agreement have long been considered a hindrance by members of her party and suggests that the wording in the Icelandic translation of the EEA...

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland Sends Condolences to Denmark

Icelandic officials were among those sending condolences to Danish authorities yesterday because of the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen last weekend. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will send a formal letter to his Danish counterpart. He used to live on the street where...

UN Barbershop Conference 2015

Iceland-Suriname Led UN Barbershop Conference Closes

Up to 400 people participated in the two-day gender equality Barbershop Conference at the United Nations in New York this week. The conference was an initiative by Iceland and Suriname which aimed to change the way men talk about gender equality and engage themselves.

Icelandic flag

Embassy Staff Twist Tongues

The American Embassy in Iceland has released a video of some of its staff trying out a few select Icelandic phrases and tongue twisters.

Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and UNU Rector David Malone sign an agreement in Tokyo on November 12, 2014.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Visits UN University

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited the United Nations University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. He met with Rector of UNU David Malone and discussed the university’s operations. At the occasion, a new five-year agreement on the Geothermal Training...

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with Chinese Ambassador to Iceland Zhang Weidong.

Iceland Gets New Chinese Ambassador

China’s new Ambassador to Iceland, Zhang Weidong, presented his letter of credence to President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on Tuesday. His predecessor, Ma Jisheng, left the country suddenly at the beginning of the year.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

President of Iceland Attends Symposium in New York

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his spouse Dorrit Moussaieff are currently participating in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. On Sunday, he took part in a debate on climate change and economic development at the New York Forum.