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EUROPEAN UNION Foreign Affairs Council to talk about Sahel and coastal nations of West Africa plus Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The EU foreign ministers will exchange views over the situation in Sahel as well as the coastal countries of West Africa. Finland welcomes the EU’s efforts to secure the countries in the Sahel region and to help all of them return to the democratic procedure and to support the coastal countries to prevent the distribute of instability in the region.
Other topical matters in the Council agenda will be the circumstances in Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and Ethiopia.
“When the International Affairs Council meets in Brussels, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has lasted almost one year. Support to Ukraine is the most important topic on the agenda. Finland, and the whole from the EU, must continue their particular support to Ukraine because Russia keeps attacking Ukraine and its energy infrastructure, ” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto.
EU foreign ministers will convene in Brussels on 23 January. Minister for International Affairs Pekka Haavisto can represent Finland at the conference.
The EU foreign minister will have an informal lunch with Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mohammad Shtayyeh . They will also discuss the situations in Ukraine and Iran with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi over a casual breakfast.

“To find a means to fix the situation in the Sahel and the coastal countries of West Africa, we need intensive conversation with the region and we have to support it both regionally and bilaterally, ” Minister Haavisto says.
The particular EU foreign ministers will continue their discussion on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The topics they will cover include continued support in order to Ukraine through the European Serenity Facility, energy resilience, accountability, Ukraine’s peace proposal, and preparations for the EU–Ukraine Summit on 3  February.


  • Tomi Nyström, Special Adviser towards the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358  295  350  470
  • Lauri Hirvonen, European Correspondent, Movie director of the Unit for Euro Common Foreign and Protection Policy (CFSP), tel. +358  295  350  063
  • The email addresses from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are in the format firstname. lastname@formin. fi.


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