Speaking with Agence France Presse, Island’s Left Greens Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said “Generally speaking, we have obviously seen a rise in tensions between the two countries (USA and China) and specifically on the Arctic we have seen a very growing interest, both from the United States and China. This is something that we have felt very clearly here in Iceland, and indeed throughout the region.

We’ve managed to keep the Arctic as a low-tension area, and I think that’s important for us who live here, but also for the environment. So that’s the goal of the Icelandic government: to keep a low-tension policy.

I have been very vigilant to keep the Arctic a very low tension zone and to avoid military activities around the Arctic.”

In May 2021 Island will host a meeting of the Arctic Council. 

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