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Press Releases, 12/3/2012 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Foreign Minister Tuomioja to attend the NATO-ISAF Foreign Ministerial Meeting

Press release 287/2012
3 December 2012

Minister for Foreign Affairs ErkkiTuomioja will attend the Foreign Ministerial Meeting for countries participating in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The meeting will be held in Brussels on 5 December. The issues on the agenda will be the present security situation in Afghanistan, support for Afghan security forces after 2014, and the current situation in planning ISAF’s follow-up mission.

Finland has participated in military crisis management in Afghanistan, alongside the international community, since 2002. The report on Afghanistan approved by the Finnish Parliament in March 2012 set the current level of Finnish participation at 145 troops. As of the beginning of 2013, the Finnish crisis management forces will be part of the Nordic forces supporting the transition of responsibility for security in Afghanistan. Apart from Finland, the forces will have troops from Sweden, Norway and Latvia.

Additional information: Kirsti Kauppi, Director General at the Political Department, +358 9 160 55032; Katja Pehrman, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, +358 40 181 9257

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