Iceland's President Drops Not-So-Subtle Message For Trump - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland’s President Drops Not-So-Subtle Message For Trump

Published November 10, 2016

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Håkon Broder Lund

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has sent his congratulations to US president-elect Donald Trump, but made it clear where Iceland stands.

As reported, numerous Icelandic politicians have chimed in about Trump’s victory yesterday, and Stundin reports that the President is no exception.

In his statement, Guðni offered his congratulations, albeit with some not-so-subtle reminders that Icelanders value the concepts of equality and tolerance.

“The President emphasised in his statement the cooperation and friendship between the two countries, and the long common history that stretches all the way back to when seafarers from Iceland and Greenland landed in North America more than a thousand years ago,” the official statement reads in part.

“Even though the United States is one of the largest democracies in the world, and Iceland one of the smallest, these nations share many important values,” the statement concludes. “We unconditionally support the right to freedom of thought and expression, gender equality, and highly value equal rights for all regardless of race or religion.”

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