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Cablegate: Iceland: Unga Priorities and Foreign Minister's Attendance

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TAGS: PGOV PREL OTRA KSEP CVIS UNGA EZ EUN IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND: UNGA PRIORITIES AND FOREIGN MINISTER'S ATTENDANCE

REFS: A) STATE 90254, B) STATE 93894, C) STATE 94420

1. (SBU) Poloff discussed U.S. goals and objectives for the
upcoming UN General Assembly (Ref A) with Emil Hreggvidsson, Deputy
Director for International and Security Affairs at the Icelandic
Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Hreggvidsson expressed particular
interest in the U.S. initiatives relating to gender issues and the
Middle East. He said that U.S. and Icelandic priorities closely
align on these two topics so there is an opportunity for broad-based
cooperation.
2. (SBU) Hreggvidsson also shared with Poloff the themes of
Iceland's address to the General Assembly, which is scheduled to be
delivered at 7:00 PM on September 26. He said that, while Foreign
Minister Skarphedinsson will briefly touch on the economic crisis
facing Iceland, the speech will primarily focus on broader topics of
interest. The Foreign Minister will specifically raise climate
change, gender issues, the Middle East and human rights. He will
also discuss the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) theory and how it
relates to global human rights.
3. (SBU) Hreggvidsson also confirmed details regarding the schedule
of Foreign Minister Skarphedinsson, including his intent to attend
the Transatlantic dinner scheduled for September 22 (Ref C).
Hreggvidsson said that the Foreign Minister also tentatively plans
to attend the UNGA Food Security Event on September 26 (Ref B). He
promised to provide more concrete information about the FM's plans
as soon as it becomes available.
WATSON

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