Atlantic Council presents Finnish President Global Citizen Award

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“To Paraphrase President” [John F.] Kennedy, we intend to ask not only what NATO can do for us, but also what we can do for NATO,” Niinistö said in a video on Twitter.

Presidentti Niinistö says kunniapalkinnon
Presidentti Niinistö says kunniapalkinnon

Finnish president Sauli Niinistö received the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award at a ceremony Monday night in New York City.

Niinistö was not present at the gala dinner due to his presence in London on Queen Elizabeth IIfuneral, and the award was received on his behalf by the Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Vegetable).

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The Atlantic Council is an American think tank that promotes transatlantic relations and also works closely with NATO.

Niinistö did make a statement to the council via a pre-recorded video, in which he thanked the Atlantic Council for its support of Ukraine. He added that in times of uncertainty, transatlantic cooperation is becoming increasingly important.

“Finland has a reputation for taking its obligations seriously. As a NATO member, we will be committed to the security of the entire alliance, to the security of all allies. To paraphrase President [John F.] Kennedy, we intend to ask not only what NATO can do for us, but also what we can do for NATO,” Niinistö said in a video also posted on Twitter.

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In addition to the Finnish president, there were other recipients of the Global Citizen Award this year, including the Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena AnderssonIndonesian President Joko WidodoGoogle and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichaiactor and activist Forest Whitaker and the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abeo.

The US-based foreign and security policy think tank presents the awards for the past 10 years, and the group dinner is held every year during United Nations General Assembly week.

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Niinistö will address the General Assembly on Tuesday.

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