Extra Meeting on Iceland's Loans
Iceland’s Finance Minister Steingrimur Sigfusson will meet with his Nordic counterparts on Friday to convince them to maintain their loan guarantees for the financially ailing state. According to a finance ministry spokesman in Reykjavik, Sigfusson spoke by telephone with his Swedish counterpart Anders Borg and will meet Norway's Sigbjörn Johnsen on Friday before flying to Copenhagen to meet with his Danish counterpart.
Earlier, Nordic politicians suggested that their loan guarantees for Iceland could be put on hold, following the decision by Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson to veto legislation which would have paved the way for the payment of billions of euros to Britain and the Netherlands. That would have compensated those countries for the losses by private account holders when an Icelandic bank collapsed last year.