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.

Email

  • ALI-10@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for the Middle East
PO Box 176
00023
GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address

Laivastokatu 22
00160
HELSINKI
FINLAND

Personnel

Riikka Eela
Director
  • +358 295 350 147
Hannu Ripatti
Special assignment
  • +358 295 350 408
Roberto Tanzi-Albi
Senior Adviser
  • +358 295 350 215

Persian Gulf Team

Annina Aalto
Desk Officer
Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia
  • +358 295 350 618
Meri Hätönen
Project Assistant
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar
  • +358 295 350 371
Andrea Tanzi-Albi
Project Assistant, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
  • +358 295 350 133

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Jussi Soini
Team Leader
Israel, Palestinian territory
  • +358 295 350 580
Petra Paasilinna
Desk Officer
Syria
  • +358 295 350 249
Suvi Laakso
Desk Officer
Palestinian territory
  • +358 295 350 094
Emmi Kulta
Desk Officer
Iraq, Syria
  • +358 295 350 659
Johanna Laukkanen
Programme Officer
Palestinian territory
  • +358 295 350 054
Suvi Sipilä
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +358 295 351 758
Seif Holmström
A person in non-military service
  • +358 295 350 767

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