Ambassador Ikonen expressed delight in being able to present his Letters of Credence but however noted that this was happening at a time of global disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ambassador commented that while this situation had prohibited travel, the ability to present his Letters virtually was a positive step towards the further deepening of relations between the Republic of Finland and the OECS. Ambassador Ikonen conveyed the best wishes of the Government of Finland and expressed his eagerness to discuss with the OECS, cooperation in areas of mutual interest including Education, Environment, Digitization and Multi-national Cooperation.
In accepting the Letters of Credence, the Director General expressed pleasure, stating that
“Eleven years ago Finland established diplomatic relations with the OECS, bringing into fruition, a journey of friendship, and a regional consolidation to the warm bilateral relations that already existed with several Member States of the Organisation”.
The Director General welcomed Ambassador Ikonen to the OECS, and noted the Organisation’s renewed commitment to enhanced cooperation with Finland in areas of mutual interest.
During a courtesy meeting which immediately followed the Ceremony, the Director General and the Ambassador exchanged views on a broad range of development cooperation issues. Both sides agreed to commence in-depth discussions in the immediate future, in order to pursue the common objective of deepening relations.
Formal diplomatic relations between the OECS and the Republic of Finland were established in 2010. Ambassador Pertti Ikonen is accredited to all OECS Member States, as well as The Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.