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The main topics of the Foreign Ministry’s visit to Finland were security and the migration crisis

25.09.2015

Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Marina Kaljurand met with the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini and the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka, as well as the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Eduskunta (Finnish Parliament).

During the meeting with President Niinistö, bilateral cooperation and regional security issues, including the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the situation in Syria and the migration crisis were discussed. “We highly appreciate the cooperation between Finland and NATO and hope that collaboration in the areas of information exchange, consultations, and training will intensify in the future,” Kaljurand said.

Kaljurand also expressed her gratitude for the continued strong support for Eston Kohver.

Speaking on the subject of the migration crisis, Kaljurand and Niinistö were in agreement and emphasized that limiting illegal immigration is of key importance in solving the crisis. “We need to address the root causes of the crisis – assist those countries, from where people currently have to flee,” Kaljurand added.

At the meeting with Foreign Minister Timo Soini, it was acknowledged that Estonian-Finnish relations are good and that cooperation in many areas is increasing. The main topics of discussion included regional security, relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, Eastern Partnership and the migration crisis. “Europe must be unified in order to solve this crisis – every country must make a decent contribution based on its resources and internal agreements,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kaljurand also met with the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka to exchange experiences in the field of foreign trade and development cooperation and to map potential points of contact. "Estonian and Finnish experiences are very different. We could offer innovative solutions where Finland has operating experience and contacts, and vice versa. For example, we know Eastern Partnership countries well, while in turn, Finland has a long-standing relationship with a number of African countries,” Kaljurand said. It was decided that the discussion about potential joint activities in the field of development cooperation should continue.

The working lunch with members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament focused on security issues. The MPs were interested in Eston Kohver’s case, the security situation in Ukraine and regional security in general. Foreign Affairs Minister Kaljurand encouraged the members of the committee to communicate more with their Estonian colleagues and thanked the Finnish delegates for good cooperation as a NATO partner country.

Today, the Minister participated in the cyber themed e-PINE (Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe Nordic) meeting in Helsinki. E-PINE is a cooperation framework between the Nordic and Baltic countries and the U.S. As a former member of the UN Group of Governmental Experts (UNGGE) in the field of cybersecurity in 2014-2015, Foreign Minister Kaljurand gave the participants an overview of the group’s activities

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