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Friis Arne Petersen

Friis Arne Petersen has been Danish Ambassador to the United States since October, 2005. He began his diplomatic career in 1985 as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister. In 1990 he became Chief of Staff, and in 1994 he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Russia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and OSCE. In 1995 he was promoted to Under Secretary, Ambassador, responsible for European affairs and economic assistance to Russia and Central and Eastern Europe with a special responsibility for Denmark’s policies on EU and NATO enlargement. In July 1997, he became Head of the Foreign Ministry, assuming the position of Permanent Secretary of State. Ambassador Petersen has paid a particular interest to the North Atlantic parts of the Danish Kingdom: Greenland and Faroe Islands. He conducted the negotiations with the United States concerning Denmark’s contribution to the US Missile Defense System - paving the way for the Igaliku agreement (August 2004) between Denmark, Greenland, and the United States on the use of the Thule Radar in Greenland. (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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