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MFA: Minister Haavisto to attend meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs

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NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs will meet from 30 November to 1 December 2021 in Riga. Finland and Sweden as NATO partner countries and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy are invited to participate in the discussion concerning the Western Balkans region, which will be held on 1 December. Finland’s representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto.

The stability of the Western Balkans region is important for the whole of Europe. Supporting the region is important for both the European Union and NATO. NATO promotes stability and security in the region through crisis management The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) is currently the largest NATO mission with a strength of about 3,700 personnel. Finland has participated in the KFOR mission since 1999 and contributed approximately 7,300 personnel.

Engaging in discussions with NATO on topical foreign and security policy questions related to the security environment is important to Finland

Inquiries:

Anu Konttinen, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 323
Minna Laajava, Director, Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, +358 295 350 128

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.

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