Solid cooperation between Finland and Uruguay
Foreign Minister Luis Almagro of Uruguay visited Finland on 8 October at the invitation of Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb. He was accompanied, among others, by Uruguay’s Minister of Housing, Land Use and the Environment and representatives of companies.
The two foreign ministers had last met in Madrid a couple of months ago. Besides bilateral relations, they discussed, for instance, regional development in Latin America and affairs between the European Union and Latin America.
At the press conference following their meeting, the foreign ministers praised the extremely good relations between their countries. Foreign Minister Stubb said that although Finland and Uruguay are distant from each other, they have had much cooperation in recent years. “We are also very similar countries in the sense that we are fairly small and we live next to fairly big neighbours as well,” Minister Stubb stated.
Foreign Minister Stubb said that they had talked about the European Union’s foreign policy, the recent events in Ecuador and the election in Brazil. Since Foreign Minister Almagro will travel next to Russia, the two ministers had also discussed issues relating to Russia.
According to Foreign Minister Almagro, Finland and Uruguay have intense cooperation in the sectors of business, science and technology. He emphasized the importance of Finnish companies to Uruguay and was glad of the investments made there not only by UPM Kymmene but also by other companies such as Stora Enso.
The foreign ministers also discussed the association agreement negotiations between Mercosur and the EU. Foreign Minister Almagro saw a bright future for these negotiations. He said that in order to achieve an agreement, Uruguay needs the support of its friends. He hoped that Finland and Uruguay will increase their cooperation even further.