Unit for the Middle East

The Unit for the Middle East is responsible for the following issues:

  • bilateral relations, the EU’s external relations and multilateral institutions in all fields of cooperation (political, trade policy, commercial and economic, cultural and development cooperation) in respect of these countries
  • regional organisations and other bodies of cooperation
  • contribution to the conflict prevention efforts in the countries as a part of Finland’s general foreign policy
  • monitoring of the operation of international organisations and financing institutions in the countries and participation in the policy formulation processes of these organizations, as appropriate, and provision of expert advice on the countries and the region to other Departments of the Ministry.

Countries

Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Email

  • ALI-10@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for the Middle East
PO Box 176
00023
GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address

Kanavakatu 3 B
00160
HELSINKI
FINLAND

Riikka Eela
Director
  • +358 295 350 147
Heini Kalliomäki
Assistant
  • +358 295 350 469
Kim Kuivalainen
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 248

Persian Gulf Team

Eveliina Saarinen
Team Leader
Persian Gulf
  • +358 295 350 037
Annina Aalto
Desk Officer
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen
  • +358 295 350 618
Meri Hätönen
Project Assistant
  • +358 295 350 371

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Jussi Soini
Team Leader
  • +358 295 350 580
Petra Paasilinna
Desk Officer
Syria
  • +358 295 350 249
Jan Koivu
Project Assistant
Development cooperation Iraq, Syria
  • +358 295 350 547
Jenny Sjöberg
Programme Officer
Palestine
  • +358 295 351 571

Development Cooperation

Suvi Sipilä
Programme Officer
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +358 295 351 758

E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.