To this end, diplomats from Finland used the occasion of the recent Caribbean Community meeting of Foreign Ministers in St. Kitts, to advance discussions on various bilateral matters currently on the agenda between the respective countries.
Spearheading the discussions on behalf of Finland was the Special Representative of that country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Pasi Patokallio who covered matters of cooperation between his country and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The ambassador revealed that he was in St. Kitts to discuss various matters of cooperation that his country has with many Caribbean countries including St. Kitts and Nevis. He said that his visit during the hosting of the CARICOM Foreign Ministers meeting was a perfect opportunity to meet the various Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Caribbean countries.
The Finland diplomat, who is based in Helsinki, made his remarks, following the formal opening of the two-day meeting at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
Meanwhile, Finland’s Caracas-based Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS, His Excellency Mikko Pyhala said his European nation has several cooperation agreements in the areas of sustainable energy, education and on governance with all the CARICOM countries and particularly with the OECS countries.
“We are developing a seminar on environmental diplomacy for the OECS countries and we also have quite a lot of bilateral agreements and initiatives with individual CARICOM countries and it’s very useful to be in these kinds of meetings to get new ideas to come to an agreement and to see how the cooperation is going ahead,” Ambassador Pyhala said.
Expressing a pleasure to be in St. Kitts, he said “This is wonderful country. Your country is so beautiful; there is so much to see. It is quite an attraction and we also want to promote tourism from Finland to countries that can receive visitors and have the requisite attractions.”