Biden makes "rock solid" commitment to defend Finland
In his opening remarks at a joint press conference, President Biden once again welcomed Finland as the newest member of Nato, saying that the US and Finland have been "friends for a long time" but they are now officially allies.
"Mr President, as our ally, we want the people of Finland to know the United States is committed to Nato, committed to Finland, and those commitments are rock solid. We will defend every inch of Nato territory and that includes Finland."
Niinistö thanked Biden for the support the United States offered Finland as it joined Nato.
"I want to once again thank you for the strong support you have given Finland all the time. This is a new era in Finnish security policy and you will be one of those who wrote it in history," Niinistö said.
As Biden's visit took place a day after the conclusion of the Nato Summit, Niinistö, Biden and the Nordic premiers reconfirmed the importance of the alliance for security and stability.
The leaders also said they welcomed the recent progress made in Sweden's bid to join Nato.
The leaders further reiterated their "unequivocal condemnation" of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, and pledged to continue supporting Ukraine.
Niinistö described their talk about Russia and Ukraine.
"We also had a discussion about our neighbour [Russia], and I think we both share similar views. The war in Ukraine was also discussed, and we both see that we will continue to support Ukraine, which is not only defending itself but also the values we hold in the western world."
Biden said the result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine will have widespread effects around the world.
"Over the past week we reaffirmed our unwavering support for the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their country against Russia's brutal and inhumane attacks. Our allies and partners around the world understand that this fight is not only a fight for the future of Ukraine, it's about sovereignty, security and freedom itself."
During their meeting, Biden, Niinistö and the Nordic premiers reconfirmed their "strong partnership" and increased cooperation in the areas of security, the environment, technology and society, according to a joint statement from the Finnish president's office and the White House.