Appointment of a new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Iceland
On 20 June 2019 with the ceremony of granting a patent letter and exequatur by Edvin Skrt Ambassador of Slovenia to Iceland and Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland appointed Ásta S. Fjeldsted as the new Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Reykjavik with consular jurisdiction for the entire Republic of Iceland.
At the ceremony in the home of the new Honorary Consul, which is also the new seat of the Consulate, Ambassador Skrt emphasized the ties linking the geographically distant countries. He emphasized the efforts of both countries for independence, promotion of equal values, and commitment to multilateralism, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality, as well as the gratitude of Slovenia that Iceland was one of the first countries to recognize Slovenian independence.
In his address, Minister Thórdarson congratulated the Slovenian government on an excellent choice of Honorary Consul and emphasized the interest in strengthening cooperation between the two countries. He expressed satisfaction with the current multilateral cooperation and announced the Icelandic interest in joint research on equal opportunities in diplomacy to be funded by the EEA mechanism.
The first Icelandic president and the first female president of any country in the world, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, members of the diplomatic corps and numerous representatives of public and business life in Iceland attended the opening ceremony.
Ásta S. Fjeldsted is the director of the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce and is succeeding Sigtryggur Rósmár Eyporsson, who held the post of honorary consul in Iceland for 18 years, since 2001. At the end of his service, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Dr. Cerar sent a letter of gratitude. The Embassy of Slovenia in Copenhagen has also issued a plaque of recognition and gratitude for efforts to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries.
The Embassy is thanking the previous Ambassador Tone Kajzer for starting the process of appointing Ms Asta S. Fjeldsted as the new honorary consul of the Republic of Slovenia.