FM visits Finland to discuss Turkey’s EU process

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is paying an official visit to Finland to discuss international and regional top-agenda issues, especially Turkey’s EU bid and the Cyprus issue.

Going to Finland upon the invitation of his Finnish counterpart, Erkki Tuomioja, Davutoğlu will also meet with other top officials in the country, including Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and European Affairs Minister Alexander Stubb.

“During meetings, bilateral relations with Finland as well as the joint ”˜Mediation for Peace’ initiative, launched under the auspices of the UN, Turkey’s EU negotiation process and the Cyprus issue will be discussed,” said a Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday. The visit is considered an important opportunity to further enhance bilateral relations between Turkey and Finland.

Davutoglu is also scheduled to hold a conference titled “Turkey’s Current Role in Peace Building in the Context of Recent Developments, and its Reflections in Europe” at the Paasikivi Society, a prominent Finnish think tank.

Davutoglu is also planning to visit Turks living in Finland during the visit.

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