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David Mundell aiming to grow Scotland-Iceland trade links

The Secretary of State for Scotland will visit Reykjavik on Friday to speak with businesses and the Icelandic fishing minister.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell wants to build on the “cultural, academic and economic connections” between Scotland and Iceland on a trip to Reykjavík.

Mr Mundell will travel to Iceland on Friday aiming to further develop trade links ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU.

He will visit biotech company Ossur, the HB Grandi Fish processing plant and the University of Iceland, as well as meeting with the Icelandic fishing minister.

“As the UK prepares to leave the EU, it is vital that we do all we can to promote trade with partners, both old and new, around the world,” he said.

“Scotland and Iceland have strong cultural, academic and economic connections, and I look forward to building on these with my trip this week.

“I will be promoting Scottish business and skills – particularly in fishing and biotech – and I hope we will be able to further develop those relationships in the future.”

The Secretary of State for Scotland will meet with businesses in Reykjavík on Friday (Martin Keane/PA)

Trade between the United Kingdom and Iceland was estimated to be worth around £1.5 billion in the year to September 2018. The countries both have strong fishing and fish processing industries.

Mr Mundell will also be the guest of honour at an LGBT diversity reception at the British Embassy in Reykjavík, celebrating the UK and Iceland’s shared commitment to LGBT rights.

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