Presentation of credentials in Hungary on 10 March and in Czech Republic on 25 February 2014
On 10 March 2014 H.E. Ambassador Auðunn Atlason presented H.E. János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary his Letter of Credence as Ambassador of Iceland in Hungary, with residence in Vienna. During the talks the Hungarian President expressed interest on a closer co-operation between Iceland and Hungary in the field of geothermal energy and was impressed by the measures taken by the Icelandic government to reduce the debt for the Icelandic population after the banking crisis in autumn 2008. On the occasion of his visit in Budapest Ambassador Atlason met officials of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed inter alia economic and European issues as well as international security, particularly the current situation in Ukraine.
On 25 February H.E. Ambassador Auðunn Atlason presented his Letter of Credence to H.E. Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic. The Czech President showed also interest on Icelandic issues, inter alia the current situation in Iceland and on the continent regarding Europe, as well as the recovery of the Icelandic economy. Substance of the talks with officials of the Czech Ministry for Foreign Affairs were primarily European and international issues as well as bilateral relations.
Iceland, Czech Republic and Hungary are colleagues in the fields of UN, NATO and within the European Economic Area. The Foreign Ministers and officials of these three countries work regulary together. The Permanent Mission of Iceland to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and to the International Organisations in Vienna, is also Embassy in Austria and accredited to Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as to Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia.