President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Finland's military assistance to France, the US request for contributions to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, and Finland's candidature for a seat in the UN Security Council
On Friday 11 December, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed concrete measures in response to the request for aid and assistance submitted by France, following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Secretary of State Peter Stenlund to the ENP Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Barcelona
Secretary of State Peter Stenlund represents Finland at the Foreign Ministers’ meeting on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), held in Barcelona on Monday, 13 April. At the meeting, the Southern ENP partner countries will present their views and hopes concerning the review of the neighbourhood policy.
Finland will open an embassy in Beirut in March
The temporary liaison office of Finland in Beirut will be changed to an embassy as from 1 March 2015. The change will strengthen relations between Finland and Lebanon and will improve the operating conditions of Finland in the Middle East. Aside from Lebanon, the activities of the diplomatic mission will encompass Syria, Iraq and Jordan.
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.
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