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FM travels to Åland to discuss security

Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto is in Mariehamn on Monday to talk about the security situation in Europe, the Baltic Sea and Finland.

Haavisto will meet Premier of the Government of Åland Veronica Thörnroos, the Government of Åland and Speaker of the Parliament of Åland Bert Häggblom on Monday. Image: All Over Press

Issues related to common security are on the table in Mariehamn on Monday as Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) convenes with Åland's political leadership.

Haavisto will meet Premier of the Government of Åland Veronica Thörnroos, the Government of Åland and Speaker of the Parliament of Åland Bert Häggblom on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Discussions will include the security situation in Europe, the Baltic Sea and Finland, according to the government.

"The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Government of Åland work closely together. We have had great discussions with Åland as part of Finland's Nato membership process. It is crucial that we are now able to meet in Mariehamn and discuss common security matters," Haavisto said in a statement.

So far, 24 of the 30 member states have approved Finland's Nato application.

At the end of last week, the Ministry of Justice said that it did not intend to reopen six extradition requests—previously rejected—that Turkey has called on Finland to re-evaluate.

Ankara has linked such extraditions to its support for Finland's Nato membership bid, which requires unanimous approval by member states.

Speaking at a Nato press conference last Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated US support for Finland's Nato bid.

"With regard to Finland and Sweden, I think it's very clear that there is a strong alliance consensus, strong support, for their admission. We've seen the ratification of the protocols process move forward with land record speed and there is strong support in the United States, of course, from both political parties."

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