Pompeo to talk Arctic at upcoming meeting with Danish FM

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference in Washington D.C. on July 8, 2020. Arctic issues, as well as how COVID-19 is affecting international cooperation on things like trade, will be on the agenda when he visits Denmark later on this month. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
The Arctic will be high on the agenda when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Copenhagen at the end of the month.

While there, Pompeo will meet with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Greenlandic Foreign Minister Steen Lynge and the Faroe Islands’ national board member for foreign affairs Jenis av Rana.

“Since we also have to discuss Arctic issues, my colleagues from Greenland and the Faroe Islands must of course also sit at the table,” said Kofod in a news release posted Wednesday on the Danish Foreign Ministry’s website announcing the July 22 meeting. 

“I personally attach crucial importance to this,” he said. 

Greenland and the Faroe Islands are both autonomous territories within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Economy, trade, education and culture on the agenda

In a statement on the Greenlandic government’s website, Lynge said the meeting would be a good occasion to discuss further Greenland-U.S. cooperation on economic and cultural issues.

“I look forward to the meeting with Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, where I will have the opportunity, on behalf of our country, to reaffirm Greenland’s strengthened relationship with the United States and highlight the continuing importance of American activities in Greenland benefiting our country and Greenland’s population,” Lynge said.

“Furthermore, I see the meeting as an opportunity to also promote other cooperation with our great neighbor, with a view to economic development, trade, education and culture.”

In addition to Arctic affairs, Denmark’s Kofod said the continuing fallout from COVID-19, along with security and trade, will also be on the agenda.

“The Danish-American relationship goes back a long way, and I look forward to reaffirming our close relations in connection with the meeting,” said Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod on Wednesday of Pompeo’s upcoming visit to Denmark. Kofod is pictured here in Copenhagen on June 25, 2020. (Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/via Reuters)

Pompeo’s last trip to Denmark was in 2016, the news release said.

Kofod last met Pompeo in Washington, D.C. in 2019.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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