Denmark part of Nordic White House summit

Nations shore up co-op regarding Arctic, security, refugees, trade and development

The prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen teamed up with his Nordic peers in Washington over the weekend to take part in a summit hosted by US President Barack Obama.

In a joint statement (here in English), the US and Nordic nations agreed to step up co-operation in the areas of security, development and aid, jobs, growth and trade, energy, climate and the Arctic, and migration and refugees.

“Around the world America’s closest partners are democracies. And we only need to look at our Nordic friends to see why,” President Obama said during a speech at the White House.

“We share the same interests and values. We believe that our citizens have the right to live in freedom and security. In their own region and the world, the Nordic countries are a model of co-operation and they consistently punch above their weight in meeting the challenges of our time.”

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The foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, also took part in the US-Nordic summit and met with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.