Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 28/2017
30 May 2017
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö had a telephone conversation with President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday 30 May 2017.
President Niinistö began by congratulating President Macron on his election. The presidents discussed the need for a strong EU and expediting a common European Security and Defence Policy. The presidents also discussed Russia and the need for dialogue with Russia’s leaders. Other themes included Finland’s ongoing Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the related climate issues, also from the point of view of the implementation of the Paris Convention on Climate Change.