Iceland's PM and Foreign Minister Arrived in Ukraine

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

The Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and the country's Foreign Ministry, Tórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, are paying a visit to Ukraine on March 14.

As Icelandic media reported on the announced visit, on Tuesday morning, both representatives of Iceland visited Bucha and Borodianka. According to Jakobsdóttir, it is important to witness the consequences of the war and communicate with survivors of the Russian attacks.



Jakobsdóttir is to discuss and present further support to Ukraine during her trip. She is scheduled to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The reason for the visit is, among other things, Iceland's presidency over the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe summit in May in Reykjavík.

Jakobsdóttir underlines the importance for the Icelandic authorities to meet with Zelenskyy ahead of the summit. "This (Council of Europe summit. - Ed.) will be the main issue," quotes the Prime Minister.

Jakobsdóttir did not say whether she and the foreign minister would insist that Zelenskyy come to Iceland.

"Of course, he has already announced his participation in the meeting, whether online or he will attend in person," she said, adding that Ukraine will be the central topic of the summit in May.

The 4th Council of Europe summit in history will be held in Reykjavík in May 2023 (Ukr).

Unlike the EU, G7, and G20 leaders' summits, which are regular events, the Council of Europe has organised only three summits of the member states leaders.

The first summit was in Vienna in 1993, the second in Strasbourg in 1997, and the third in Warsaw in 2005.

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