Statement by Principal
Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the Iceland-United
States Defense Shipping Preference Treaty
October 20, 1986
the President signed the instrument of ratification to the treaty between the United States and the Republic of Iceland to facilitate our
defense relationship. The Senate gave its advice and consent to ratify the
treaty on October 8, 1986.
treaty provides an exception to existing cargo preference laws between the United States and Iceland. Under the treaty,
transportation of defense cargo will be open to both U.S. and Icelandic vessels
on a competitive basis. Contract awards will ensure that both U.S. flag carriers and
Icelandic shipping companies are able to maintain a viable presence in this
Iceland is one of the original
NATO allies. During the past 37 years it has made important contributions to
the protection of the alliance's northern flank. However, Iceland's contribution is not
limited to the common defense but also extends to the search for a just peace.
There can be no better testimony to Iceland's commitment to this
goal than its willingness to host on very short notice the meeting between the
President and General Secretary Gorbachev. The President would again like to
express his thanks to President Finnbogadottir and
the people of Iceland for all their efforts
and the exceptional job they did as hosts.