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
Kimmo Laukkanen
Senior Adviser
  • +358 295 350 255

Persian Gulf Team

Saila Barke
Team Leader
Persian Gulf
Iran, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain
  • +358 295 350 226
Sena Yildirim-Tuoma
Desk Officer
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen
  • +358 295 350 015

Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) Team

Mika Ruotsalainen
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 384
Sami Wacklin
Team Leader
  • +358 295 350 741
Jarno Välimäki
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 749
Suvi Sipilä
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +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.