Greenland: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Thursday that the US does not plan to purchase Greenland, following then-President Donald Trump’s proposal, which sparked diplomatic fallout.
During a news conference with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Greenland’s Premier Mute Egede, and Foreign Minister Pele Broberg, Blinken reported to a reporter that the US does not want to buy the region.
Blinken was in Greenland after attending an Arctic Council meeting in Iceland, which he described as an indication of Washington’s willingness to strengthen relations with “our Arctic partners, Greenland and Denmark.”
In 2019, Trump and one of his economic advisors announced that Trump had contemplated buying Greenland, the world’s largest island and an independent Danish territory.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen responded at the time by saying that Greenland was not for sale and that the comment was “absurd.”
Broberg said on Wednesday that while there was speculation about Greenland due to its strategic relevance, Blinken’s visit was “not considered a real estate deal.”
“A real estate transaction entails property with none on it with no one on it. Secretary Blinken has said unequivocally that he is here for the citizens of the Arctic, Greenland, and Iceland “Broberg stated.