Nordic Foreign Ministers meet in Reykjavik

Thorvald Stoltenberg. Photo: Werner Anderson/Cox Nissen-Lie.

Thorvald Stoltenberg, father of the current Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Werner Anderson/Cox Nissen-Lie.

The five Nordic Ministers of Foreign Affairs will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland on Tuesday. During their meeting the ministers will discuss the Stoltenberg report on Nordic foreign and security policy cooperation.

The report was commissioned by the ministers from former Norwegian Foreign Minister Thorvald Stoltenberg. One proposal made by Stoltenberg is that the Nordic countries should cooperate in providing Iceland with an air defence system.

Iceland does not have its own air force, and was under the protection of the US Air Force which after WWII was stationed at the Keflavik Air Base. The US has recently withdrawn from the base.

They will also discuss international issues such as the Middle-East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sri Lanka and North-Korea, climate change, the international economic and financial crisis and European issues, as Sweden takes over the presidency of the European Union in July.

The five ministers are: Per Stig Moeller of Denmark, Alexander Stubb of Finland, Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Carl Bildt of Sweden and Ossur Skarphedinsson of Iceland.

Source: NRK

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