Addressing a joint press conference on Monday night with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, US President Donald Trump expressed gratitude over Finland’s contributions to the coalition efforts in Afghanistan.
Trump said: “In Afghanistan, Finland provides troops and financial contributions to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces on a modern-day frontier between barbarism and civilization. That's what you have - it's barbarism versus civilization. We are particularly grateful to the Finnish citizens who have sacrificed for our mutual security.”
He said the US remains committed to supporting Afghanistan, and it is a dedicated member of the global coalition against Daesh.
Niinistö in turn said he wanted to highlight the fact that Finland has been involved from the very beginning in all attempts to solve the situation in Afghanistan. “We have troops there. We have also financial aid going on all the time,” he said.
“We have to try. We have to try in all possible ways to solve the situation in Afghanistan. It has been ongoing quite a long time, for decades. But to solve it by negotiations, surely you have to have full respect to the one you negotiate, and to also full believe that what is negotiated is also fulfilled,” he added.
The two presidents met at the White House on Monday.
There were more than 200 Finns taking part in the ISAF operation in 2002, but that number has now dwindled to around 30.