Foreign Minister Stubb’s statement on the death of Osama bin Laden
Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb was informed early this morning that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had died as a result of a strike by American special forces in Pakistan. “A page of history turned in the fight against terrorism,” Foreign Minister Stubb emphasises. He points out that we must unfortunately be prepared that the risk of terrorist strikes against travellers abroad will be greater than usual. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs updates its travel recommendations as needed.
EU Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the Union’s investment policy
The EU Foreign Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on 10 September. The main topic of the meeting is the European Union’s new international investment policy. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen will attend the meeting for Finland.
Finland grants additional support to Pakistan
By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted an additional 3.2 million euros in aid of flood victims in Pakistan. Because the situation in Pakistan is difficult, the distribution of humanitarian aid by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to take place later in autumn was partially pushed forward for this.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants support for flood victims in Pakistan
By the decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted a total of 1.2 million euros in humanitarian assistance for flood victims in Pakistan. Some 500,000 people have been left homeless and 252,000 buildings have been destroyed by the floods.
Finland supports reconstruction and stabilization in the Pakistani border region
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has allocated EUR 3 million of development cooperation appropriations to a fund supporting reconstruction and stabilization in Pakistani areas bordering on Afghanistan. The fund is managed by the World Bank.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants million euros to the Finnish Red Cross for deploying a field hospital to Peshawar, Pakistan
By the decision made today, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen has granted one million euros to the Finnish Red Cross for deploying a field hospital to Peshawar, Pakistan.
GAERC meeting to discuss preparations for the European Council and the situation in Pakistan
The EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) will meet on 8 December in Brussels. The main theme of the meeting will be the preparation of the December European Council. Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and Minister of Migration and European Affairs Astrid Thors will attend the Council meeting.
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