Prime Minister of Iceland meets with Secretary General of NATO

The discussion focused on future challenges of the Alliance, new threats and implementation of changes to geographical strategies, as well as increased emphasis on cost-effectiveness in light of the current ecomic environment.

The Prime Minister and Secretary-General also discussed the planned Air Surveillance in Iceland in the next years, and the upcoming participation of Nordic partner countries, Finland and Sweden, in that operation with Norway. This will be the first time, that these partner countries participate in an Air Surveillance mission in Iceland, which is in line with a policy discussed among the Nordic countries, Members and Partners, on closer cooperation in security and defence.

The Prime Minister emphasised the unvawering policy of his new government regarding defence- and security issues, participation of NATO as main column of Iceland's defence. The cooperation and work with other Members of the Alliance is a most important factor in strengthening and enhancing the position of Iceland in this regard. Iceland's participation and contribution in various operations and projects within the Alliance, using expertise, skills and experience in various fields, will continue.

The Prime Minister invited the Secretary-General to visit Iceland at a convenient time in the next months.

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