US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Nato headquarters in Brussels last month. Photo: John Thys/Scanpix
Kerry was invited by his Danish counterpart, Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, to follow up on talks between the two countries at last month’s US-Nordic Summit.
Kerry’s visit will take place June 16–17 and will also include meetings with Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Greenlandic government’s top foreign affairs official, Vittus Qujaukitsoq.
“Denmark and the United States are bound together by a history, a culture, a democracy and a set of values. We have agreed to put this to use in order to set new standards and agendas,” Jensen said in a statement.
“In Copenhagen, I will discuss with John Kerry how we can expand our cooperation in areas such as counter-terrorism, free trade and the promotion of human rights. The visit will also provide an opportunity for John Kerry to experience Denmark and the Danish model of society, which is a topic of interest for Americans,” he added.
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Jensen said that the US secretary of state’s trip to Greenland will give him “a first-hand impression of climate change and the challenges it poses” for the autonomous and largely self-governing member of the Kingdom of Denmark.
“A visit to Greenland by John Kerry underlines the American focus on the Arctic agenda. The United States currently holds the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, where we in Greenland are committed to continuing the constructive cooperation with a focus on the peoples of the Arctic and their needs,” Qujaukitsoq said.