Japan leader Abe vows Arctic, Russia cooperation in Finland
HELSINKI: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday pledged to increase cooperation with Finland in Arctic issues and on furthering Russian relations, after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. Abe noted that Finland is currently chairing the Arctic Council and said his country would increase its role in the agency by “positively contributing more than in the past to (its) activities.” “We will be enhancing our cooperation in the area of the environment regarding the Arctic regions,” Abe said in prepared statements by the two leaders.
Niinisto said that the two countries signed several agreements, including on developing environmental cooperation. Abe congratulated Finland on this year’s 100th anniversary of independence from Russia, with which it shares a 1,300 kilometer border, noting that Russia is “an important neighbor for both of our nations. ““We reaffirmed our close collaboration in our relationship with Russia,” he said. Neither leader gave any details of the content of their talks. Before arriving in Finland, Abe met with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm, where the two leaders demanded that North Korea halt missile tests, and pledged increased cooperation in the UN Security Council. They also agreed to combat terrorism together.—AP
HELSINKI: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are seen with interpreters during their luncheon at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland yesterday.—AFP