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President of the Republic and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss defence cooperation between Finland and United States and situation at Finland’s eastern border

Government Communications Department
Publication date 17.11.2023 12.49 | Published in English on 17.11.2023 at 14.22
Press release 517/2023
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In their meeting on Friday 17 November, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy received a briefing on deepening bilateral defence cooperation with the United States and continued their discussion on the preliminary outcome of the negotiations between Finland and the United States on a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA).

The President and the Ministerial Committee also received updates on the situation at Finland’s eastern border as well as Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and the security situation in Europe.

In addition, the President and the Ministerial Committee discussed the Defence Forces’ participation in international training and exercise cooperation in 2024 and the upcoming meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Inquiries: Petri Hakkarainen, Director General, tel. +358 295 351 130, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Sami Nurmi, Director of Unit, tel. +358 295 140 330, Ministry of Defence; Kirsi Pimiä, Permanent Secretary (eastern border), tel. +358 295 488 203, Ministry of the Interior