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President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Finland’s participation in international crisis management, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Finland’s NATO membership process

Government Communications Department
Publication date 25.11.2022 12.43
Press release 678/2022
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In their meeting on Friday 25 November, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy agreed that Finland will continue to participate in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Iraq with about 75 soldiers until the end of 2024. Finland’s participation involves training and advisory tasks, along with the necessary staff, administrative and support functions. A report on the matter will be submitted to Parliament in accordance with the Act on Military Crisis Management.

The President and the Ministerial Committee also discussed Finland’s participation in international crisis management more broadly. Finland currently has approximately 335 soldiers participating in nine military crisis management operations within the frameworks of the UN, the EU, NATO and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

In addition, the President and the Ministerial Committee discussed Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the security situation in Europe and the progress of Finland’s NATO membership process.

Inquiries: Piritta Asunmaa, Director General, tel. +358 295 350 353 and Mikko Kivikoski, Deputy Director General, tel. +358 295 350 773, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Janne Kuusela, Director General, tel. +358 295 140 300, Ministry of Defence.