Press Releases, 9/26/2016
President of the Republic and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Finland's participation in crisis management and defence cooperation between Finland and the United States
Press release 400/2016
26 September 2016
On Monday 26 September, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed questions related to international crisis management.
Finland will continue its active participation in international crisis management. Finland currently has roughly 500 soldiers taking part in 13 military crisis management operations and around 100 experts involved in 20 civilian crisis management operations. Finland's largest contribution is in the UNIFIL operation in Lebanon, where participation has been strengthened and extended as part of Finland's response to the request for aid and assistance submitted by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.
The meeting also discussed defence cooperation between Finland and the United States, where a statement of intent for defence cooperation is under preparation between the two countries' respective defence ministries. Sweden and the United States signed a similar statement of intent in June 2016.
The President and the Ministerial Committee also addressed the serious concerns about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo.
Inquiries: Jukka Salovaara, Director General, tel. +358 295 350 636, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Janne Kuusela, Director General, tel. +358 295 140 300, Ministry of Defence