The funeral service for former President of the Republic Mauno Koivisto was held on Thursday 25 May at Helsinki Cathedral. Mauno Koivisto was laid to rest at Hietaniemi Cemetery with full military honours in the same location where the gravestones of former presidents Urho Kekkonen and Risto Ryti are located.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Member of the Cabinet, Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of the United Arab Emirates met at Kesäranta
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Member of the Cabinet, Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of the United Arab Emirates met at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister's official residence, on Tuesday, 23 May. The ministers noted the bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries were very good and broadbased. Scope for current and future cooperation has been identified in sectors such as clean energy, health and education. Minister Al Jaber also shed light on the preparations of the UAE for the EXPO2020 in Dubai, and the plans to amibitiously rethink the concept of world expositions in the same context.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä visited Qatar on 15–16 May and attended the 17th Doha Forum. The Doha Forum is one of the internationally best-known annual meeting places for experts, policy-makers, business representatives and civil society representatives.
Prime Minister Sipilä also met the country’s top leadership.
The Prime Minister of Latvia Māris Kučinskis visited Helsinki on Friday 12 May on invitation of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The Prime Ministers discussed the bilateral relations between the countries and regional cooperation, in particular, energy security and the progress of the Rail Baltica project. They also talked about topical EU affairs.
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