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Foreign Minister Paet Met with Colleagues from New Zealand and Tunisia

27.09.2010

No. 294 - E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met in New York with Tunisian Foreign Minister Kamel Morjane and Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully.

At his meeting with the Tunisian foreign minister, Paet proposed that Tunisia, as an important tourist destination, could offer visa-free entry to Estonian citizens. “Currently visa-free travel to Tunisia is only available for people travelling with tourism groups,” he added.

In addition, the Estonian and Tunisian foreign ministers discussed Estonia’s desire to become an observing member of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). The Tunisian foreign minister expressed his support for Estonia to gain observer status during the International Organisation of the Francophonie summit in October.

At his meeting with Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully, the foreign ministers discussed opportunities to intensify economic contacts between the two nations. Paet noted that there is an agreement for working and holiday visas in effect between Estonia and New Zealand. “Since it came into effect in 2007, the working and holiday visa system has been used by 67 Estonians and 2 New Zealanders,” he stated.

Paet issued an invitation for McCully to visit Estonia. “Estonia and New Zealand’s soldiers are together on the mission in Afghanistan, so in addition to our bilateral relations we also have common goals internationally,” he asserted. “Estonia feels it is important to intensify relations between the European Union and New Zealand, as we are partners who share the same values.”

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