Obama to talk terrorism, Arctic with Nordic leaders this summer

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U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted in Alaska by Kotzebue mayor Maija Lukin, right, and Northwest Arctic Borough mayor Reggie Joule, left, as he arrives at Ralph Wien Memorial Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Obama will talk Arctic issues with Nordic leaders this summer in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/ AP)
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted in Alaska by Kotzebue mayor Maija Lukin, right, and Northwest Arctic Borough mayor Reggie Joule, left, as he arrives at Ralph Wien Memorial Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Obama will talk Arctic issues with Nordic leaders this summer in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/ AP)
US President Barack Obama will host the leaders of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway this summer in Washington to discuss a range of issues, the US government said on Friday.

The six world leaders will hold talks on terrorism, violent extremism, the Arctic as well as environmental and nuclear security issues during the May 13 meeting.

The summit follows up on Obama’s last meeting with Nordic leaders during his trip to Sweden in September 2013.

“This summit will deepen U.S.-Nordic cooperation while highlighting America’s continued commitment to European security, trans-Atlantic trade, and the promotion of common democratic values,” the White House’s press secretary said in statement.

The president and first lady will also host a state dinner for the leaders.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Obama, Trudeau announce plans to fight Arctic oil and gas pollution, Alaska Dispatch News

Finland:  Japan, Finland agree to boost cooperation in the Arctic, The Indpendent Barents Observer

Iceland:  Iceland blasts Arctic Five for exclusion from fishing agreement, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Arctic Council aims to boost business, Barents Observer

Russia: Japan wants more Arctic cooperation with Russia, Barents Observer

Sweden:   Arctic Council – From looking out to looking in, Blog by Mia Bennett, Cryopolitics

United States:  Arctic remains refuge of friendly US-Russia relations, Alaska Dispatch News

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