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 on the adoption of the Land Regularisation Law by the Knesset
I strongly disapprove the recent passing of the Land Regularisation Law by the Israeli Knesset, deemed unconstitutional by the Israeli Attorney General. The Israeli law aims to legalise the appropriation of private Palestinian land and it may allow for retroactive
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.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja’s statement on the decision to advance plans for settlement units
Finland condemns Israel’s decision to advance plans for 2,610 housing units in Givat Hamatos. The implementation of the plan to build a new settlement in East Jerusalem would constitute a threat to the prospects for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as to the position of Jerusalem as the capital of both states. Finland calls on the Government of Israel to reverse its decision.
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.
Minister Hautala in the Middle East: water is a burning issue
The focus of Minister Heidi Hautala's visit was on development cooperation and humanitarian assistance: this year, Finnish support for development cooperation work performed in the Palestinian territories amounts to EUR 9 million. In addition, Finland provides a total of EUR 4.5 million of funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Foreign Minister Tuomioja visited Israel and the Palestinian territories
As regards to the Middle East peace process, we are currently living an important phase when considering the possibilities of reviving peace talks. During his visit, Foreign Minister Tuomioja highlighted Finland and the EU’s view on the importance and urgency of the need to continue negotiations.
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