Wednesday October 05, 2022

US Senator visits Parliament, discusses Finland's NATO process

Published : 12 Aug 2022, 02:55

Updated : 12 Aug 2022, 09:46

  DF Report

Mats Löfström, US Ambassador Douglas Hickey, Senator Tom Cotton, Second Deputy Speaker Juho Eerola, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee Jussi Halla-aho and Jani Mäkelä. Photo: Finnish parliament.

​ US Republican Senator Tom Cotton on Thursday visited the Finnish Parliament and met with the Second Deputy Speaker Juho Eerola, said an official press release.

Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee Jussi Halla-aho, Vice-Chair Erkki Tuomioja and representatives of the parliamentary groups also participated in the lunch meeting.

The topics of the meeting included, for example, Finland's NATO process, relations with Russia and the security of the Baltic and Nordic countries.

Eerola, who hosted the event, thanked Senator Tom Cotton for his support in the US Senate with Finland's NATO membership application.

"We had very good and extensive discussions with Senator Tom Cotton about the current political and economic situation in the world. I especially respect his knowledge of Finnish history and the Winter War sniper Simo Häyhä, whom he even mentioned in his speech in the Senate. We have a big and reliable partner on the other side of the Atlantic ", stated Eerola.

Cotton also met with President Sauli Niinistö and discussed various bilateral and international issues.

“Closing the circle with Senator Tom Cotton. We first discussed Finland's NATO membership in Washington in March, and continued now after US ratification,” Niinistö wrote in a twitter post on Thursday.

The senator's visit to Finland is hosted by US Ambassador to Finland Douglas Hickey.