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The Vice President met with the Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir today in Keflavik, Iceland. The Vice President commended the strength of the U.S-Iceland relationship based on shared history and values, and noted Iceland’s critical role in supporting NATO’s efforts to counter threats to the Arctic region.   He urged Iceland to look carefully at threats posed by untrusted vendors seeking access to develop critical infrastructure such as the 5G network, and expressed support for Iceland’s commitment to rigorous screening of foreign investment.

The leaders agreed that expanding bilateral economic ties was a high priority, and pledged to find ways to increase trade and investment in order to create jobs and enhance innovation in both countries. They also discussed their shared commitment to empowering women and girls around the world to reach their full potential, including through education and employment opportunities.