September 27, 2023

Vice President Harris speaks with President of Finland about partnership and bilateral relationship

Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a briefing Friday
Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a briefing Friday

U.S. Vice President Kamala D. Harris spoke Tuesday with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland about the close partnership and important relationship between the United States and Finland.

According to the office of the President of Finland, the two leaders “agreed that the close bilateral relationship between Finland and the United States is excellent, and they discussed possibilities to further increase cooperation above all in the fields of technology and security.”

Topic discussed during the call included global health, the environment, and security challenges. Finland has a close defense partnership with the United States and has also been a vocal leader in taking steps to combat the global effects of climate change, especially in the Artic.

Vice President Harris and President Niinistö discussed the importance of advancements in science and technology, and how they can be used to minimize the effects of climate change and of future health crises.

The phone call was reported to be very pleasant and the two leaders both had an appreciation for the role that each other’s countries play in the productive relationship and in working toward achieving stability.

In other notable news out of the White House, President Biden plans to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of Amtrak.

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