Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK and Iceland sign agreement on defence and security cooperation
UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and his Icelandic counterpart, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, yesterday signed an MoU between the UK and the Republic of Iceland to enhance defence and security cooperation between two founding members of NATO.
The signing of the MoU represents a significant step forward in the process of formalising the already positive bilateral relationship the UK and Iceland have, recognising the two countries’ shared interests, values and responsibilities. Through NATO, the UK participates in military exercises in Iceland, including during Trident Juncture in 2018 and Dynamic Mongoose in 2017, and Iceland also contributes to the UK-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Estonia, seeking to protect our allies from external security threats.
The MoU will provide both the UK and Iceland with a means for developing and furthering their defence relations, and will help to enhance security cooperation in new areas such as policing, counter-terrorism, search and rescue, risk and crisis management, and cyber security. This builds on recent cooperation, including a visit in January by members of the Icelandic National Security Council (NSC) to meet UK NSC counterparts, and ongoing cyber cooperation between the Oxford Cyber Centre and the relevant Icelandic authorities.
RAF Typhoons will conduct NATO Air Policing from Iceland later this year for the first time, patrolling Iceland’s airspace and helping to guard NATO’s northern flank. This demonstrates the benefits of our bilateral defence and security relationship to wider European and North Atlantic security.
Latest News from
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
World Environment Day: Over £8m boost for international conservation07/06/2021 11:22:00
Over £8 million new funding to protect rare wildlife and vulnerable habitats across the globe.
New international alliance to preserve Peruvian Amazon rainforest04/06/2021 12:29:00
The UK, US, Peru, Germany, and Norway are stepping up efforts to reduce deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon by 2025.
New international approach to combat emerging health threats as crucial G7 health talks begin03/06/2021 12:27:00
G7 health ministers pledge to combat future health threats by working together to identify early warning signs from animals and the environment.
UK Ministers lead NATO charge on innovation02/06/2021 15:22:00
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab have backed NATO’s vision of a technologically advanced, globally focused Alliance equipped to confront threats of the future.
UK government advises against flying over Belarusian airspace25/05/2021 14:37:00
The UK has issued a notice to airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace after a Ryanair flight was diverted to Minsk recently (23 May 2021) by the Belarusian authorities.
UK to host its first global LGBT conference17/05/2021 14:12:00
The UK will host its first ever global LGBT conference to tackle inequality around the world and urge countries to take action.
PM unveils new aid for girls education to prevent pandemic ‘lost generation’13/05/2021 14:10:00
Prime Minister Boris Johnson to join Julia Gillard and UK schoolchildren in live classroom link-up with the President of Kenya.
More life-saving support for India on its way from UK07/05/2021 16:25:00
A cargo plane left Belfast today, carrying 3 surplus 18-tonne oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators as part of the UK’s response to India’s COVID-19 crisis.