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Foreign Minister Timo Soini will open the international meeting that aims to combat nuclear terrorism. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The Foreign Ministry will host the executive meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) network that will take place in Helsinki on June 11 to 12.

Based on the initiative of the presidents of the United States and Russia in 2006, the network brings together states and international organizations to carry out concrete cooperation against nuclear threats.

The Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini and the representatives of the GICNT CO-Chairs, Russia and the United States, will open the meeting on Monday June 11. “International cooperation is necessary to combat nuclear threats and it is very positive that Russia and the United States co-lead the work of this network,” Soini said in a bulletin.

A total of 88 countries have joined the GICNT as partners, including all the member countries of the European Union.

Various international organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Criminal Police Organisation INTERPOL, the European Union and the UN’s specialized agencies are active in the GICNT as observer members. The United States and Russia co-chair the network.

Finland will be responsible for the GICNT’s international coordination in 2017-2019.

About 130 experts from partner countries and international organizations will attend the meeting.