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Estonian Ambassador to Italy Presents Credentials


No. 292-E

On Wednesday, 22 September, Estonian Ambassador to the Italian Republic Merike Kokajev presented her credentials to Italian President Georgio Napolitano.

In the conversation following the credentials-presenting ceremony, Estonian Ambassador Merike Kokajev and Italian President Georgio Napolitano acknowledged that bilateral relations have been good and friendly over the years, but there is always room for development. “We need to develop economic relations between Estonia and Italy, and high-level visits would certainly help to achieve this,” stated Ambassador Kokajev.

Italian President Napolitano expressed interest in the current situation in Estonia’s economy and was informed in detail about Estonia’s transition to the euro. Estonian Ambassador Kokajev confirmed that the final preparations for adopting the euro are going according to plan and as of 1 January Estonia will be the 17th member of the euro zone.

Merike Kokajev was born in Tartu in 1956 and graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in French language and literature. Kokajev has been working for the Foreign Ministry since 1991. Ambassador Kokajev has worked in the protocol department, the embassy in Brussels, Estonia’s permanent representation in Geneva, the Foreign Ministry’s division for international organisations, and Estonia’s permanent representation to the UN. From 2005-2007 Kokajev was a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Prior to assuming her current position, Merike Kokajev worked in the Foreign Ministry’s state protocol department as the director of the division for ceremonies and visits. Since 2010, Kokajev has also been the ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Most Serene Republic of San Marino and the Republic of Malta, residing in Italy.

Ambassador Kokajev speaks English, Russian, and French.

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