Trump and Finnish President Niinistö talk Arctic

US President Donald Trump, pictured making a phone call in 2017, spoke with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Monday, on the state of international relations. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
According to the office of the president, Niinistö and Trump discussed the state of international relations in general. The office said the discussion was held on Finland’s initiative.

The two heads of state also discussed issues concerning the Arctic region, the office said, noting that Finland is currently chair of the Arctic Council.

Niinistö also told Trump he hopes that the US President’s meetings this week with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are fruitful.

This week Macron began a three-day visit to Washington and will meet with Trump while Merkel is due to meet the US president on Friday. Macron and Trump are expected to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and trade relations, while Merkel is also said to be planning to discuss international trade.

During Niinistö’s and Trump’s conversation, the US president again congratulated the Finnish president on winning the election for his second term in January, according to the Finnish president’s office.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic nations sign scientific cooperation agreement, Radio Canada International

Finland: While West and Russia feud, council of hobbits quietly saves North, Blog by Timo Koivurova

Norway: A call for better Norway-Russia relations in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: What does Putin’s re-election mean for Russia’s Arctic policy?, Radio-Canada International

Sweden: Sweden Prime Minister tells Donald Trump U.S. tariffs “will hurt us all”, Radio Sweden

United States: Tweets aside, Senator Sullivan says Trump good for Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network

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