DENMARK – Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says that Greenland, an autonomous Dutch territory, is not for sale.
She also said she was annoyed that US President Donald Trump cancelled his visit to Denmark after being told that Greenland was not for sale.
“Our preparations were well under way,” she said, noting that she had been looking forward to meeting Trump.
Ms Frederiksen said the island of Greenland could not be bought.
Trump was scheduled to visit on September 2 at the invitation of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II.
But last week, he suggested that his administration was interested in buying Greenland, an idea that Ms Frederiksen at the time described as “absurd.”
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Frederiksen said the potential sale of Greenland had “clearly been rejected” by the island’s leader, Kim Kielsen, which was “a position I share of course”.
She maintained that the US was one of Denmark’s closest allies, and that the president’s two-day visit would have been an “opportunity to celebrate Denmark’s close relationship to the US”.