Minister Virolainen to visit Israel, Palestinian territory and Jordan
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen will visit Israel, the Palestinian territory and Jordan from 5 to 10 May 2018. The aim of the visit is to get an update of the humanitarian situation and to seek ways to promote trade relations and bilateral cooperation.
Building Finland’s contacts with Africa and the Middle East
The importance of being present in Africa and the Middle East is increasingly important for Finland. A closer review of developments in these areas reveals that much good progress is being made. In addition to development cooperation, commercial activities are pursued there, but we also need to strengthen the political relations,” says Leena-Kaisa Mikkola, who started as Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East in the autumn 2017.
Statement by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja on the synagogue attack in Jerusalem
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja urges the parties to continue the peace negotiations and commit themselves to a negotiated two-state solution, which is the only way to achieve a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Common messages aimed at raising awareness among EU citizens and businesses regarding involvement in financial and economic activities in the settlements
EU:n jäsenvaltiot ovat päättäneet julkaista yhteiset viestit EU:n kansalaisille ja yrityksille siirtokunnissa harjoitettavaa taloudellista toimintaa ja rahoitustoimintaa koskevan tietoisuuden lisäämiseksi.
Where are you heading, the Arab world?
A thriving democracy or an old oligarchy with new leaders? No one can know what will be the final outcome of the popular uprisings in the Arab countries. This was the opinion shared by the participants in the open discussion organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the House of the Estates on Monday, 4 April. In the event, Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and Finnish ambassadors expressed their views of the happenings in the Arab World.
Foreign Minister Stubb in Gaza: “The EU’s aim is complete dismantling of the blockade”
Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb visited the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza on 14 October. The purpose of his trip was to form a view of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and to meet with representatives of aid organizations active in the region.Stubb thanked Israel and its efforts in June to relax the blockade of Gaza, but he also said that additional measures are needed. “The EU’s aim is complete dismantling of the blockade,” the foreign minister pointed out.
Foreign Minister Stubb to the Middle East
Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb will travel to the Middle East on 9–14 October as a member of the official delegation led by President of the Republic Tarja Halonen and Dr. Pentti Arajärvi. The programme includes official visits to Jordan and to the occupied Palestinian Territories and a State visit to Israel.
Foreign Ministry invites young foreign journalists to spend one month in Finland
The Ministry for Foreigh Affairs has invited 19 recently graduated journalists or journalism students about to graduate to The Foreign Correspondents' Programme (FCP), a media and training programme organised by the Ministry.
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