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March 20, 2023

DefMin Les, Finnish Ambassador Pohjanheimo discuss Romanian Army priorities

National Defence Minister Gabriel Les on Wednesday talked with Finnish Ambassador to Romania Paivi Pohjanheimo about the Romanian Army’s priorities, ways to boost defence bilateral cooperation and the recent developments in the European security climate, informs a release by the National Defence Ministry (MApN).

Minister Les presented the targets for equipping the Romanian forces and Romania’s commitment to allocate the resources necessary to modernising the defence capabilities; in this context possibilities of the technical-military cooperation between Romania and Finland were also tackled.

Another topic approached by the two officials was the bilateral cooperation within the EU, considering that Romania is going to take over Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, and Finland will come next in the same year’s second half. In this respect, the sides agreed on the need to boost coordination processes between the two countries’ Defence ministries, on current topics within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

Likewise, the two dignitaries emphasised “the bilateral cooperation’s potential in fighting threats specific to the hybrid war and in the growth of resilience” based on experience, expertise and good practices enforced by the governmental structures of Romania and Finland.

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