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From left, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila and Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson, in Elsinore, Denmark, Friday. Photo: Adrian Joachim / AP.

Nordic leaders call for new efforts to end war in Syria

Leaders from the five Nordic Nations, who met in Denmark Saturday, called for new efforts from the United States, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Ariabia to stop the war in Syria.

"It is crucial to resolve the conflict in Syria. There is a strong signal from our side that the US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other powers in the surrounding area take the situation in Syria very seriously," said Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen at a press conference in Marienborg, Denmark. "But also a signal to the international community about the need for increased aid."

Leaders from the five Nordic nations met in Denmark this weekend to discuss the refugee crisis, the European economy, the upcoming climate summit in Paris, and defense issues for their countries.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said it was important that the Nordic nations meet to discuss common ground, especially as streams of asylum seekers provoked uncertainty and disagreement between European nations about how they should be handled.

"There is something strong in our common values," said Löfven. "The Nordic region has a strong brand and the more we say we're 'Nordic,' the more the Nordic region as a whole has meaning instead of its individual countries."

News agency TT says that the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden met for dinner on Friday evening at the Kronborg Castle in Helsingør (Elsinore). Leaders from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland also participated in discussions about common interests involving the Arctic.

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