Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, landed on Danish soil shortly after 22:00 final evening, marking the first time that somebody from US President Joe Biden’s cupboard has visited the nation.
He has spent the evening at the Marriott Hotel in Copenhagen and is scheduled to satisfy PM Mette Frederiksen this morning at 09:00. Arctic co-operation might be excessive on the agenda.
A busy schedule awaits him afterwards, as a gathering with Queen Margrethe II will swiftly comply with at Amalienborg at 11:00.
Meeting of the overseas ministers
But maybe the massive assembly on this event might be the one with the overseas minister, Jeppe Kofod, who might be joined by Jenis Av Rana and Pele Broberg, his counterparts from the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
All three met yesterday at a gathering of the Nordic overseas ministers, so they may presumably be singing from the similar hymn sheet indirectly.
“When Blinken arrives tomorrow, it will be important that the United States knows the priorities we have in our Arctic co-operation – also ahead of the Arctic Council meeting in Iceland,” stated Kofod.
Greenland will make its mark
However, Broberg, representing a pro-independence occasion that simply gained the Greenlandic basic election, may need a lot to say.
“We must kick-start a process of making trade agreements between Greenland and the United States,” Broberg informed Greenlandic media outlet KNR about the assembly, whereas the Faroes are equally optimistic, having simply secured an settlement for extra US transport to go to its shores.
“The most important message for me to get across is that Antony Blinken must understand that we are Greenland. We are different from many other countries. We have a demand for independence. We are not Denmark and the Faroe Islands – we are Greenland.”
Kofod has already stated he respects his views: “I respect that Pele Broberg and other politicians have the views on independence – that’s how it is in politics.”
Moving on to Iceland
Kofod will then be granted additional time to speak to Blinken. Topics of dialogue will embody, it’s reported, local weather, safety co-operation and the safeguarding of democratic rights.
Blinken is because of fly to Iceland later on Monday, the place he’ll meet Icelandic President Gudni Johannesson, attend a ministerial assembly of the Arctic Council, and go to Keflavik Air Base, a US navy base constructed exterior Reykjavik after World War II.
Kofod will then accompany him to Greenland to satisfy its new premier, Múte B Egede, and once more Broberg.