Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir is attending her first ever NATO Summit today, RÚV reports. Katrín said she will discuss security issues in a broad context at the summit, which takes places in Brussels, Belgium today. Katrín is attending the event as Iceland’s prime minister, but also the chairperson of the Left-Green Movement, a party which opposes Iceland’s membership in the organisation.
Katrín was the first NATO leader to arrive at the organisation’s new headquarters for the meeting today. She told RÚV she would use the opportunity to bring up disarmament and NATO’s 2010 declaration on the issue. “I will of course talk about a number of important issues which I believe should be discussed here at the NATO Summit and I mention specifically disarmament,” Katrín stated. “Here of course a resolution was approved in 2010 that there should be a policy of disarmament and I will review that in my speech.”
Preparations for the 2018 NATO Summit have been characterised by disputes about member states’ contributions to national defense, with some speculating solidarity among the organisation’s members is weakening. “There is a lot of thought about what the US President will say at this meeting,” Katrín remarked. “He has been sending various national leaders letters about increased defence contributions. What I know will come up is that most nations are increasing their defence contributions, so we’ll have to see what happens.”