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Visit of Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar to Finland (November 5-7, 2017)

November 08, 2017

Minister of State, Shri M.J. Akbar visited Finland from November 5-7, 2017 at the invitation of H.E. Mr. Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The visit coincided with the celebration of 100 years of independence of Finland and enabled both countries to continue the regular high level dialogue and review ongoing bilateral cooperation.

During the visit, MOS met Foreign Minister Finland, Mr. Timo Soini, and discussed various aspects of India-Finland bilateral relations and ways to strengthen it. Both Ministers exchanged views on significant regional and global developments of mutual interest. MOS also met Mr. Peter Stenlund, Secretary of State in the Finnish Foreign Ministry. A Visa Exemption Agreement for diplomatic passport holders was signed during the visit.

MOS had separate meetings with Mr. Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, and Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment.

MOS also met Mr. Mauri Pekkarinen, Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Finland and discussed the possibilities of closer parliamentary ties between the two countries.

MOS delivered a talk on "India's experience in countering violent extremism and terrorism" at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. MOS visited Aalto University and interacted with the Indian students of the University.

MOS met the members of the Indian community in a Reception hosted in his honor by Ambassador of India.

New Delhi
November 08, 2017


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