India-Finland agrees to gain new areas of cooperation: MEA

The two nations also carried out a complete review of their bilateral ties at the 11th India-Finland foreign office consultations that happened on Tuesday in Helsinki

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India-Finland agrees to gain new areas of cooperation: MEA

India and Finland have agreed to gain cooperation in new areas like health and pharmaceuticals, startup, space, and vocational education, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Wednesday.

The two nations also carried out a complete review of their bilateral ties at the 11th India-Finland foreign office consultations that happened on Tuesday in Helsinki, the MEA stated.

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It added that both nations exchanged their views on regional and international issues of the same interest which included Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, India-EU partnership, cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and COP-26.

“Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation during their terms at UN Human Rights Council (2022-2024), and in other multilateral fora,” the MEA stated in a statement.

The progress that was made in the bilateral cooperation since the last virtual summit between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin in March was also being analyzed in the meeting.

The MEA further added that the foreign office consultations gave an opportunity to discuss the entire matter of bilateral relations which includes further making the partnership stronger in areas like trade and investment, artificial intelligence, education, quantum computing, circular economy, and renewable energy.

“Both sides reviewed the progress made since the virtual summit and also agreed to explore cooperation in new areas like vocational education, space, startups, health, and pharmaceuticals,” stated the MEA.

Reenat Sandhu who is the Secretary (West) in the MEA led the talks as the Indian delegation while the Finnish team was led by Matti Anttonen who is the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs.

“India and Finland share warm and friendly relations underpinned by common values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and respect for human rights,” the MEA added.

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The two nations also carried out a complete review of their bilateral ties at the 11th India-Finland foreign office consultations that happened on Tuesday in Helsinki
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