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Sushma Swaraj holds talks with Icelandic counterpart

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

on Saturday met her Icelandic counterpart and held talks over a wide variety of issues in an aim to strengthen bilateral relations.

Thordarson is on an eight-day maiden visit to the country, having arrived in the national capital on Friday.

During the delegation-level talks, the Foreign Ministers of and deliberated on bolstering cooperation in key sectors such as trade and investment, and blue economy among other issues, according to (MEA)

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj and @GudlaugurThor discussed enhancing cooperation in trade & investment, renewable energy, specially geothermal energy, blue economy with a focus on fisheries, tourism and culture at the delegation-level talks," Kumar tweeted.

During the meeting, Swaraj congratulated her Icelandic counterpart on the country's centennial year of home rule. Acknowledging that the Nordic country is a in geothermal energy, the underlined that seeking cooperation in the key sector could help achieve its targets.

"Heralding a new chapter in friendly ties. EAM @SushmaSwaraj received Iceland's @GudlaugurThor on his 1st visit to He arrived on board the inaugural direct flight @wow_air between the 2 capitals. EAM congratulated FM on Iceland's centennial year of Home Rule," Kumar tweeted.

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj - is a in and cooperation in this sector could benefit our transition to and help in achieving our ambitious targets," the ministry wrote on his

Thordarson would then depart for on December 9, where he is slated to attend a programme. On December 10, he would pay a visit to to attend an event. On the morning of December 14, the Icelandic would depart for

India and Iceland have, despite the distance and contrast in population size, reached out to each other to build a friendship based on shared values and mutuality of interests. A string of high-level visits since 2000 have imparted a new dynamism to the bilateral relations, sustained by the opening of resident missions (in in February 2006 and in in August 2008).

Iceland was the first Nordic country to publicly extend support to India's candidature for permanent membership of Security Council (UNSC). Subsequently, Iceland has reiterated its position on many occasions.

Iceland was also the first country to co-sponsor the draft G-4 framework resolution on UNSC reforms in 2005. Iceland was one of the countries co-sponsoring India's resolution at the UN to declare June 21 as the "International Day of Yoga".

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 02:00 IST