On 19 April, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the ISAF meeting of foreign ministers organised in connection with the meeting of foreign ministers and defence ministers of NATO countries in Brussels. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the Chicago NATO Summit to be held on 20-21 May. In the meeting, the ministers will discuss issues related to transfer of responsibility for the security of Afghanistan and commitment to long-term support for Afghanistan.
In connection with the meeting, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tuomioja is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zalmai Rassoul and NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Simon Gass, with whom the minister will discuss, for example, the latest events in Afghanistan.
Further information: Katja Pehrman, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 40 181 9257; and Emmi Oikari, First Secretary, Mission of Finland to NATO, tel. +32-2-706 2111