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May 17, 2021

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Visits Denmark

On May 17 the Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken payed Copenhagen a short visit, where he met with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Greenlandic Premier Múte Bourup Egede and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Business, and Trade Pele Broberg; and Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture Jenis av Rana.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said:

–  There is a desire for better and more intensive cooperation on the Arctic region. The United States is our most important ally, and therefore it is important that we set the agenda. It is crucial to make sure that it is the Commonwealth, the United States and NATO that play the crucial roles in the Arctic.

Denmark is the only country in the world that is a member of the EU, NATO and the Arctic Council

In addition, climate was also on the agenda at the prime minister meeting.

– There is a great American interest in what we do in Denmark and the Danish solutions, she says.

Blinken is visiting Denmark prior to a meeting in the Arctic Council at Iceland and will later visit Greenland with Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.