Foreign minister S Jaishankar to visit Finland today, hold bilateral talks

Keeping up intense outreach efforts to Europe, foreign minister S Jaishankar will visit Finland from Thursday en route to the US. Finland is the new president of the European Union Council. 


Jaishankar’s visit comes as the European parliament held a discussion on the Kashmir situation, which saw the EU high representative for foreign affairs, Frederica Mogherini, calling for bilateral resolution of the issue. 


Helsinki, Jaishankar is scheduled to meet the Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Antti Rinne and Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto who is his host. 


According to a statement issued by the Finnish foreign ministry, Foreign Minister Jaishankar will also meet Parliament Deputy Speaker Tuula Haatainen and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He will also give a speech during a seminar organized by the Foreign Policy Institute. 


Given that the visit is close to October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, Jaishankar will unveil a Gandhi statue in Helsinki together with Haavisto. During the visit, Foreign Minister Jaishankar will, among other things, hold talks on the countries' bilateral relations, international and regional issues, human rights and the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Climate change is also an important theme. 


In a statement, the Finnish foreign minister Haavisto said, I look forward with interest to the discussions with Foreign Minister Jaishankar. India's role internationally is constantly growing and the country is expected to bear a greater share of global responsibility. India's diplomats are full and we are pleased that this visit to Finland will be completed.