Changes in Finland’s network of diplomatic missions
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is making changes to Finland’s network of diplomatic missions as part of the central government’s savings. The changes arise from decisions to cut the Ministry’s appropriations for operating expenses. The embassies of Finland in Luxembourg, Bratislava (Slovakia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) will be closed by the end of 2015.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation to take place in Berlin
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the ministerial level Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation being held in Berlin on Tuesday, 28 October The conference is chaired by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier together with Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.
Finland has a strong role in the dismantling of Syrian chemical weapons programme
The Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Verifin), one of four laboratories chosen by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), analysed the material collected in Syria by the UN investigation mission for the use of chemical weapons.
Minister Haavisto to neighbouring areas of Syria and Kuwait
Minister for International Development Haavisto will travel to neighbouring areas of Syria to get acquainted with the regional impacts of the refugee crisis. He will also participate in the Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. The Minister will visit Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey between 11 and 17 January.
The staff posted to Embassy of Finland, Damascus, has left Syria
The staff posted to Embassy of Finland, Damascus, has left Syria until further notice due to weakened security situation in the country. The duties covering the Embassy’s area of responsibility (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq) will be temporarily managed from Helsinki. In addition, a Finnish diplomat has been transferred to both Amman, Jordan, and Beirut, Lebanon, on a temporary basis for the purpose of political reporting.
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