President Niinistö’s phone call with President Trump

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö spoke with US President Donald Trump on Monday. The discussion focused on international politics and the Arctic region on particular. President Niinistö expressed his wish that President Trump’s meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be successful. President Trump congratulated President Niinistö on his re-election.

Mika Aaltola, program director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, says that these calls are rare and it is a sign of a good relationship between Finland and the United States. Aaltola believes that the discussion probably included Finland’s initiatives regarding black coal, and the Arctic Council’s meeting schedule. The call may have also included matters related to the Ukraine, the Middle East and North Korea. Finland has been mentioned as a possible location for a meeting between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Media:  Aamulehti , Helsingin Sanomat, Iltalehti, Iltalehti, Iltalehti (E-edition, PDF) , Kainuun Sanomat , MTV – Finland, Pohjalainen
Date: 23.4.2018

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