The US Secretary of State's Councilor visits Greenland and Denmark

US Secretary of State's Councilor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl visited Greenland and Denmark on an orientation trip.

In Denmark, Brechbuhl met with Defense Minister Trine Bramsen and officials from the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Greenlandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the meetings in Copenhagen.

In Greenland, Brechbuhl met with the Premier of Greenland, Naalakkersuisoq for Finance, Naalakkersuisoq for Minerals and Labour, Naalakkersuisoq for Industry, Energy and Research, and Naalakkersuisoq for Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs.

Counselor Brechbuhl was accompanied by Ambassador to the Kingdom, Carla Sands, as well as officials from the US State Department, the Department of Defense and the US National Security Council. The Danish Foreign Ministry attended the meetings in Nuuk.

Since it was an orientation trip for Counselor Brechbuhl, it was only meetings between members of Naalakkersuisut and the delegation containing presentations on Greenland as well as opportunities for investment, cooperation and trade. Therefore, no specific agreements on cooperation with the United States were concluded.

“The United States is our closest ally, and we have a good dialogue with them. It was an orientation trip for Counselor Brechbuhl and his delegation, where we were given the opportunity to talk about developments in Greenland. I am sure that Counselor Brechbuhl goes home with many impressions, which can be formed into concrete ideas on how cooperation between Greenland, Denmark and the US can be strengthened. ” Naalakkersuisoq for Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs said.

Naalakkersuisoq for Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs continued:
“We have received guests from the US administration several times this year, especially Ambassador Carla Sands has been a frequent visitor. This year, we have seen a growing interest in our country from the US, and we feel their willingness to increase cooperation with us. We are excited about this new development and look forward to see if the US interest will lead to real results. When Naalakkersuisut meets with the Americans, at all levels, we emphasize how important it is for Greenland to reap real benefits from the US presence at Thule Air Base, especially in relation to the service contracts. We have repeated this to Councilor Brechbuhl and his delegation. "

For further information, please contact deputy minister for foreign affairs, Kenneth Høegh, +299 565604, mail: kenh@nanoq.gl