Finland's new Ambassador to Washington, Mikko Hautala, has quickly become acquainted with US President Donald Trump.
Hautala, who took office at the beginning of September, presented his credentials to Trump on Thursday morning with other new ambassadors.
Already that afternoon, Hautala met Trump again at the White House, when an event was held there to celebrate the handover of the remains of the Pueblo Indians from Finland to the United States.
- Trump himself pointed out that it is very rare for a foreigner to visit the White House twice during the same day, Hautala told Ilta-Sanomat.
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Hautala had a short conversation with Trump.
- We briefly exchanged views on a few topical issues.
They concerned Finnish-American relations, but I do not want to open them further.
Hautala underwent a coronavirus test the day before the appointments.
Its result was negative.
Trade and security
Before being washed by the Ambassador to Washington, Hautala, 48, served as Finland's Ambassador to Moscow for four years.
Prior to that, he served for four years as an advisor in the Office of the President of the Republic.
Relations between Finland and the United States are currently smooth.
President Sauli Niinistö's several meetings with Trump, for example, tell about this.
Niinistö last visited Washington a year ago.
- My goal is the same as always: to ensure that the interests of Finnish citizens are realized as well as possible.
I strive for deep and diverse cooperation between Finland and the United States to continue, Hautala said.
- The big question is trade policy.
I hope that economic cooperation will move forward and that Finnish companies will succeed in the United States.
On the security side, too, I want to take the partnership forward.