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Foreign Minister Mikser discussed security with the President and the Foreign Minister of Finland


Foreign Minister Sven Mikser emphasised 31.01. at a meeting with the Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini and President Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki that Estonia and Finland are bonded by long and historic friendship. Mikser congratulated Finland on its centenary of independence and noted that centenary celebrations ahead in both countries present a great opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other better.

Talking about transatlantic relations, European security and defence, the Foreign Minister emphasised close relations with the US and the importance of NATO partnership. “Finland is our close partner who contributes to the security of the Baltic Sea region, thus to the overall security of Europe. Both Finland and Sweden as partner countries have a close relationship with NATO and it is in our interests for it to continue,” Mikser said.

Talking about topical EU issues and the upcoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Mikser gave an overview of Estonia’s preparations and priorities. “Our goal is to keep the EU united and decisive, focusing on innovative economy and developing safe, digital and inclusive Europe,” Foreign Minister Mikser said. Talking about Brexit, ministers agreed that it is important to maintain a close cooperative relationship taking into account all rights and obligations.

Also, ministers talked about recent developments in Ukraine and relations with Russia. In addition, supporting each other’s candidacy in international organisations was discussed. Talking about migration crisis, Mikser emphasised that Estonia does everything in its power to successfully integrate asylumseekers into society. “Estonia is ready to fulfil international obligations it has taken regarding refugees,” Mikser emphasised.


Talking about economy, Mikser noted that closely connected Estonia and Finland wish to cooperate in almost every field and that relations are good and close.


Foreign Minister Sven Mikser and Foreign Minister of Finland Timo Soini Photo: Kimmo Räisänen, Finnish Foreign Ministry
Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö Photo: Matti Porre, Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

Additional information:
Pille Toompere
Estonian Embassy in Helsinki
Media Counsellor
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