As international attention is focused on the US election– especially the race for the White House – Icelandic Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson has answered reporters’ questions on the issue in a surprisingly diplomatic way, Indicator reports.
Guðlaugur was reluctant to make any predictions about the final outcome of the US election and instead offered to look on the bright side.
“I’m not wondering,” he told reporters. “But one positive takeaway from this, and it’s really very positive, is that this is more voter turnout in the United States for 120 years. At this time, when we are concerned about the low turnout and the fact that people are not exercising their democratic right, this must be seen as good news. On the other hand, it is clear that those conducting elections need to rethink their methodology. “
Guðlaugur has no favorite with the next president of America – at least not publicly – and tells journalists that he is most worried about Iceland and the USA maintaining good relations.
“Iceland’s co-operation, then and now, is not based on an individual candidate, party or government,” he said. “My only hope is for continued good cooperation with the United States, as this is ultimately very important for us Icelanders.”
Source: The Nordic Page