Unit for the Middle East

The Unit for the Middle East is responsible for the following issues:

  • bilateral relations, the EU’s external relations and multilateral institutions in all fields of cooperation (political, trade policy, commercial and economic, cultural and development cooperation) in respect of these countries
  • regional organisations and other bodies of cooperation
  • contribution to the conflict prevention efforts in the countries as a part of Finland’s general foreign policy
  • monitoring of the operation of international organisations and financing institutions in the countries and participation in the policy formulation processes of these organizations, as appropriate, and provision of expert advice on the countries and the region to other Departments of the Ministry.


Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen


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Post address

Unit for the Middle East
PO Box 176

Visiting address

Kanavakatu 3 B

Riikka Eela
  • +358 295 350 147
Jaana Similä
  • +358 295 350 212
Matti Karvanen
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 351 806

Persian Gulf Team

Miia Lahti
Team Leader
Persian Gulf
  • +358 295 351 877

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Marianne Mäkinen
Team Leader
Middle East Peace Process
  • +358 295 351 510
Hanna Lepistö
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 351 834
Meri Hätönen
Project Assistant
  • +358 295 350 371
Essi Raitala
Desk Officer
Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian territories
Jenny Sjöberg
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 351 571

Development Cooperation

Suvi Sipilä
Programme Officer
  • +358 295 351 758

E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.