Foreign Ministers of Finland and Eritrea Meet in Helsinki

FM of Finland Timo-Soini
Foreign Minister of Finland H.E. Timo Soini

By Ministry for Foreign Affairs,


Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea Osman Saleh Mohammed will meet in Helsinki today Thursday, 14 April.

In addition to bilateral relations between their two countries, the Ministers will discuss several other key issues, including Eritrea’s opening to the international community and the country’s human rights situation.

During his visit to Finland, Foreign Minister Osman Saleh will also have a meeting with Foreign Minister Soini’s Special Representative Pekka Haavisto, and other Finnish and international partners.

Eritrean FM Visits Finn Church Aid

FM Osman, Yeman Ghebreab, Amb. Yonas Manna at FCA office
Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab from Eritrea (left), Chairperson Tarja Kantola, Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed and Ambassador Yonas Manna met at Finn Church Aid on Thursday April 14th.

By Finn Church Aid (FCA),

Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed, Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab and Ambassador Yonas Manna visited the Finn Church Aid offices on 14 April. The Eritrean delegation met with the Chairperson of FCA board, Tarja Kantola and Director of International Cooperation Tomi Järvinen.

The meetings provided an opportunity to take stock of the cooperation between Finn Church Aid and Eritrea in supporting Eritrean education sector development since the beginning of 2015.  The meeting confirmed that since its inception, the cooperation has successfully contributed to the Eritrean education sector development, including the teacher education and curriculum development.

“The results of the ongoing cooperation are very encouraging”, said Kantola.

“FCA is committed to continuing its support to the Eritrean youth’s right to quality education”.

Youth employment in Eritrea was also discussed.

“FCA’s experience in diversifying and improving livelihoods, vocational training and linking learning to earning provide good opportunities to discuss further cooperation in Eritrea”, said Järvinen.

FCA is working in cooperation with Eritrean teacher training institutions and education officials to develop the capacities of teachers and teacher trainers to ensure that Eritrean children and youth have the opportunity to learn with professional and motivated teachers. FCA is also supporting the establishment of Eritrea’s first national innovation centre.

The delegation was in Finland by the invitation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.