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President's office shoots down PM's Nato advisor proposal

The Office of the President says that the current arrangements around security policy work well enough.

Presidentti Sauli Niinistö.
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The Office of the President is not enthused by a proposal to provide the Prime Minister with a new advisor on security policy, along with a security policy unit established in the Prime Minister's office.

"The Office of the President of the republic sees the current arrangements as functional and based on a clear division of work and responsibilities, and that cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence works smoothly and reliably," reads the statement from the President's office.

"Therefore the office does not see the need or practicality of establishing a unit at the head of government in the light of Nato membership."

The office of the president also called the proposal "premature and oversized".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also reacted critically to the proposal to establish a new role close to the Prime Minister.

The president takes the lead on international relations in Finland, in conjunction with the government of the day. The president also decides on matters of war and peace, with the consent of parliament.

Earlier this week news broke that Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) had proposed the creation of a new security policy advisor rule, to assist as Finland prepares to integrate with Nato defence structures.

The proposal was sent out for a consultation round, which ends on Thursday.

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