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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Pays Official Visit to Iceland

At the invitation of Prime Minister of Republic of Iceland H.E. Johanna Sigurdardottir, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Wen Jiabao, paid an official visit to the Republic of Iceland from April 20 to 22.

40 years ago, the two countries established diplomatic relations. Bilateral friendly relations have been moving forward soundly and steadily. In recent years, following the global financial crisis in 2008, the two sides signed a currency swap agreement and framework agreement on geothermal energy development.

During the visit, Premier Wen met with Prime Minister Sigurdardottir, and then President Olafur Grimsson. The Premier and the Prime Minister, witnessed the signing of six bilateral cooperative documents: (1) Framework Agreement between China and Iceland on Arctic Cooperation(2) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Marine and Polar Science and Technology between the State Oceanic Administration of China and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland; (3) Memorandum of Understanding on Geothermal and Geosciences Cooperation between the! ! Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and the Ministry of Land and Resources of China; (4) Memorandum of Understanding on Planning Consultancy Cooperation between China Development Bank Corporation and Promote Iceland; (5) Framework Agreement on Expansion of Geothermal Development Scope and Cooperation; (6) Joint Declaration between the Government of Iceland and China National Bluestar(Group) Co., Ltd. Regarding A Solar and Silicon Project in Iceland.

Prime Minister and Premier discussed the possibility of resuming talks for free trade agreement between China and Iceland. Consultation could start at the work level. Premier Wen also held a discussion with Icelandic geologists and students from UNU-GTP, and visited a farm house. This successful visit is expected to promote the existing good relations between the two countries to a new level.

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