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Meeting between the Secretary General, Ambassador Ettore Francesco Sequi, and the Finnish Undersecretary for Foreign and Security Policy, Ambassador Kai Sauer

Farnesina Secretary General, Ambassador Ettore Francesco Sequi, met with the Undersecretary for Foreign and Security Policy from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Kai Sauer.

During the meeting, the two Ambassadors were in full agreement on the objective of providing the EU with strategic autonomy in the field of security and defence through the implementation of the Strategic Compass. They highlighted the need to continue ensuring full assistance to Ukraine against the unjustified Russian aggression and with the objective of reaching a just peace, in respect of Kyiv’s territorial sovereignty and integrity. Faced with the radical change in the international security framework, Secretary General Sequi renewed Italy’s strong support for Finland’s application for NATO membership, recognizing the fundamental contribution that Helsinki could bring to the Atlantic Alliance and to European security.

The Secretary General and the Undersecretary of State shared their concern over the growing tensions in the Western Balkans, noting the common commitment of Italy and Finland to the stabilisation of the area and the advancement of the EU enlargement process in the region. With regard to the Eastern Mediterranean, Sequi and Sauer agreed on the importance of fostering an open and constructive dialogue among Greece, Cyprus and Türkiye, based on international law.

Lastly, the meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the European debate on the management of migration, a topic on which the Farnesina Secretary General renewed Italy’s hope for solutions at the EU level, in the context of a reform of European asylum policy based on the principles of concrete solidarity and responsibility shared among Member States.


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