The Speaker Urban Ahlin and the Speakers of the Nordic–Baltic Parliaments travelled to Washington on 27–29 June to meet the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and a number of senators and members of Congress.
During their visit to Washington, the delegation met the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan in Congress and had meetings with several senators and members of Congress, among them Senator Robert Menendez and the Congress minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
The Nordic-Baltic delegation of Speakers also had meetings with representatives from the presidential administration, which included Andrea Thompson, National Security Advisor to the Vice President and Fiona Hill, Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, NSC.
“We have had good discussions, where we have been able to give a Nordic–Baltic view of matters such as security policy and transatlantic cooperation. We were also able to become well acquainted with American foreign and domestic policy,” said the Speaker Urban Ahlin after his visit to Washington.
The Speakers further participated in round-table discussions at Congress on security issues and economic development and in a seminar at the Swedish Embassy about how the countries can jointly meet the challenges that exist in Northern Europe.
The visit of the Nordic–Baltic Speakers provided the opportunity to raise questions that are of common interest both to the Nordic and Baltic countries and to the USA, for example the Arctic, the security situation in the Baltic region, energy, the environment and the fight against terrorism.
The delegation included the following Speakers: Urban Ahlin, Sweden, Olemic Thommessen, Norway, Eiki Nestor, Estonia, Ināra Mūrniece, Latvia, Viktoras Pranckietis, Lithuania, Maria Lohela, Finland and Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, Iceland.