U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Copenhagen, to have bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen on issues including Arctic cooperation, climate change, migration, the campaign against ISIL, the conflict in Ukraine, NATO and trade.
Secretary Kerry noted that Denmark is a strong ally of the US on matters of international security and applauded the Danish contribution towards the fight against ISIL, including the recent deployment of F16 fighter jets. Trade was on the agenda as well and Secretary Kerry continued by mentioning the importance of reaching an agreement regarding TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and how it would be a mutually beneficial resolution for all countries involved. He thanked Denmark and their contributions towards the agreement. Prime Minster Lars Løkke who visited the U.S. in late March expressed his support of the TTIP agreement whilst visiting Washington D.C.
After their meeting in Copenhagen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen and Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Greenland to meet with Greenlandic officials and discuss shared challenges of climate change in the Arctic. The U.S. is the current chair of the the Artic Council which holds several meetings a year discussing developments in the region. Members of the Artic Council include, Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.