Sum­mit boost for re­mote is­lands

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North­ern na­tions will visit Scot­land next week for a sum­mit on how to help re­mote and is­land com­mu­ni­ties be­come suc­cess­ful.

Cab­i­net min­is­ters from Ice­land, Green­land and the Faroe Is­lands will at­tend the three- day Arc­tic Cir­cle Fo­rum in Ed­in­burgh.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon will open the event next Sun­day, which will also be ad­dressed by the cha i rman of the UK Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate Change, Lord Deben, and Scot­tish Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Fiona Hyslop.

Hyslop said: “In the face of com­mon global chal­lenges, it is all the more im­por­tant Scot­land forms close r e l a t ion s h ips w i t h l ike- minded nat ions , demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship on the key is­sues we face.

“That’s why I am de­lighted Scot­land will host the fo­rum.

“From Ice­land’s tourism suc­cess story to Scot­land’s lead­ing ex­per­tise in low car­bon en­ergy so­lu­tions, there are ben­e­fits to be had by shar­ing our ex­pe­ri­ences, learn­ing from one an­other and de­vel­op­ing new part­ner­ships.

“How we em­power and safe­guard re­mote and is­land com­mu­ni­ties is a shared chal­lenge across the wider Arc­tic re­gion. The fo­rum is sure to be a hot­bed for in­no­va­tion and ideas.”

EX­CITED Fiona Hyslop

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