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Foreign Minister Paet Discussed Visa Freedom for Estonian Citizens with Armenian and Thai Foreign Ministers

23.09.2010

No. 290-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met in New York with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and discussed the implementation of visa-free travel for Estonian citizens.

Paet and Thai Foreign Minister Piromya signed a co-operation protocol between the foreign ministries of Estonia and Thailand. Paet stated that Estonia would also like to conclude an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and a cultural and educational co-operation agreement with Thailand. “It is also important to Estonia to achieve visa-free travel for Estonian citizens travelling to Thailand. According to my Thai colleague, the issue will be discussed soon in the Thai government,” said Paet.

The Thai foreign minister also expressed interest in Estonia’s IT sector and in co-operation opportunities regarding ports and railways.

At his meeting with the Armenian foreign minister, Urmas Paet suggested implementing visa-free travel for Estonian citizens. “We also hope to conclude an agreement for the protection of investments and a social security agreement with Armenia in the near future,” he said. Paet stated that it is important to Estonia for European Union-Armenia relations to develop rapidly, for example by starting negotiations for visa facilitation and free trade agreements. “We also welcome young Armenian state officials to the Eastern Partnership training centre we are creating,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet has meetings scheduled in New York with Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully and Tunisian Foreign Minister Kamel Morjan. Paet will sign agreements for establishing diplomatic relations in bilateral meetings with Foreign Minister of Yemen Abu Bakr al-Qirbi and Foreign Minister of Lesotho Mohlabi K. Tsekoa.

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