Washington, 20 September 2021 (TDI): On Sunday, the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken congratulated the Arctic Council members on the 25th anniversary of the Council. The Council was established as a result of the ‘Ottawa Declaration’ signed in September 1996. Secretary Blinken commended 25 years of cooperation on Arctic issues under the supervision of the Council.
The representatives of eight countries, having territories north of the Arctic Circle, signed the Ottowa Declaration with the prime objective of shaping the future inter-governmental cooperation in the High North.
At present, there are eight member states of the Arctic Council, including the United States, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Russia, Norway, and Sweden. Since its inception, the Council has acted as the prime forum for Arctic issues and made plausible efforts in bringing peace and cooperation to the region.