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.


  • ALI-10@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for the Middle East
PO Box 176

Visiting address

Laivastokatu 22


Riikka Eela
  • +358 295 350 147

Persian Gulf Team

Saila Barke
Team Leader
Persian Gulf
Iran, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain
  • +358 295 350 226
Silja Kanerva
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 271
Henriikka Vallivaara

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Petra Paasilinna
Team Leader
Deputy Head of the Unit Desk Officer for Syria
  • +358 295 350 249
Niko Heimola
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 351 453
Karim Aissa Baccouche
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 707
Suvi Sipilä
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +358 295 351 758
Vera Jegorenkov
Project Assistant
  • +358 295 350 387
Jenny Sjöberg
Programme Officer
Team Leader, Development Cooperation in Fragile States, Middle East and Northern Africa, Palestine
  • +358 295 351 866

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