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New network to secure Asia's role in the Arctic

Iceland is heading the establishment of a new forum for Arctic cooperation. The forum will bring together non-Arctic countries such as China, India, and Singapore, and provide them with influence on the Arctic.

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The members of the Arctic Council should not be the only ones to cooperate about the Arctic. Non-Arctic countries with interests in the region should work together. That's the opinion on Iceland, where president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has taken the first steps to initiate the new network for non-Arctic conutries - Arctic Circle, writes Barents Observer.

The network will meet for the first time in October, and the goal is to meet once a year in order to build dialogue between the non-Arctic countries.

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