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Iceland to open embassy in Delhi

A high power trade delegation led by the minister of education and culture Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir is flying to India for the occasion.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 19:42 IST

Iceland will open its embassy in New Delhi on Sunday. A high power trade delegation led by the minister of education and culture Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir is flying to India for the occasion.

The 41-year-old minister will represent the foreign minister Geir H Haarde who withdrew from the visit at the last minute due to a tragedy in the family. The embassy in New Delhi is being considered as a potential base for Icelandic operations in South Asia.

The 35-member trade delegation includes members from the country's pharmaceutical, IT, financial and fisheries sectors. During the stay the delegation will travel to Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

Iceland hopes to sign a transport and air service agreement with India soon. The two countries could develop possible cooperation in earthquake monitoring as scientists in Iceland are pioneering in earthquake predictions. There could be possible cooperation in the geo-thermal and fisheries sectors.

Icelandic pharmaceutical Actavis already has bases in India, namely Ahmedabad.

Iceland is also supporting India's request for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council and is seeking India's support for its efforts for a non-permanent seat.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 19:42 IST