American Secretary of State confirms Rovaniemi visit

The Arctic Council Ministerial meeting takes place in Rovaniemi on Monday and Tuesday next week.

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Arctic Council flags / Credit: Ulkoministeriö

The US State Department has confirmed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Finland next week for a meeting of the Arctic Council.

Pompeo will be in Rovaniemi on Monday for the conference, which hopes to bring together other foreign ministers from Arctic Council members including Russia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, plus representatives of indigenous groups in the Arctic region.

Observer states at the Arctic Council include China, India, South Korea and Singapore among several EU nations.

While in Finland, Pompeo is also scheduled to give a speech on US Arctic policy.

The Rovaniemi meeting marks the end of Finland’s two year chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an organisation which aims to promote cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common issues – in particular sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

Finland’s caretaker foreign minister Timo Soini (Blue) will be the host of the meeting at Rovaniemi’s Lappi Arena.

“I’m very much looking forward to the Ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi and meeting my colleagues from all the Arctic states” says Soini in a statement.

At the end of the meeting, Finland hands over the chairmanship of the Council to Iceland.