NICOLA Sturgeon met with Iceland’s Prime Minister following yesterday’s Arctic Circle speech – and took a gift celebrating one of the women’s shared interests.

The First Minister presented Katrín Jakobsdóttir with a copy of Val McDermid’s 1979 novel, adding that it had been “great” to catch up with the country’s leader.

“As well as a common outlook on many policy issues, the PM and I share a love of crime fiction,” the SNP leader noted. “So it was good to provide her with some Tartan Noir reading material.”

This morning, Jakobsdottir said it was "such a pleasure" meeting Scotland's First Minister. "We talked about the Wellbeing Economy (WEGo) and how Iceland & Scotland can work together to make the well-being agenda central in our countries' economic, social and environmental policies," she wrote.

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The First Minister has been meeting with a number of international politicians during her trip to Iceland for the Arctic Circle talks.

Yesterday, she met with US Senator Lisa Murkowski, who represents Alaska, to “discuss how Scotland and Alaska can work together given our shared oil and gas heritage”.

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The First Minister also spoke with Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for Environment, oceans and Fisheries to talk about the upcoming COP26 climate summit, biodiversity and the EU’s Arctic policy.

Earlier this week Sturgeon also met with the Danish foreign affairs minister and climate minister.

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During her speech at the Arctic Circle, Sturgeon told those gathered that the COP26 summit in her own city in two weeks is “absolutely crucial”.

“It’s often easy to exaggerate the importance of events like this,” she said. “But I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that COP in Glasgow represents the world’s best chance, perhaps the world’s last chance, to make the binding commitments which give us a chance of keeping temperature increases to 1.5 degrees.”

The First Minister also promoted collaboration between the Arctic nations and Scotland, telling the audience: “The most northerly part of Scotland is closer to the Arctic Circle than to London.”