Political consultations between Turkey and Finland, co-chaired by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı and Permanent State Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Ambassador Matti Anttonen were held in Helsinki on 16-17 April 2019.
During the consultations, bilateral relations as well as Turkey-EU relations and regional and global issues of common interest were discussed in detail.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Faruk Kaymakcı met with the State Secretary for EU Affairs Kare Halonen, Director of Finnish Accreditation Service Risto Suominen and Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education Olli-Pekka Heinonen within the framework of Helsinki visit. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı also came together with Turkish community in Finland and the officials of “Crisis Management Initiative”.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Kaymakcı also attended the seminar entitled “EU-Turkey Relations In a Changing Geopolitical Context” organized by Finnish Institute of International Affairs and stated that Turkey’s EU membership is the most challenging but will be the most valuable one for Turkey, for the EU and beyond when it realized. Deputy Minister Kaymakcı added that, with Turkey’s membership to the EU, the EU can become a global actor.