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Opening Embassy in Cairo has Given Boost to Estonia-Egypt Relations

18.11.2010

No. 362-E

During his meeting with Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Ahmed Fathalla yesterday in Tallinn, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the opening of the Estonian Embassy in Cairo has given a boost to the intensification of relations between the countries. “Our embassy in Cairo has actively started its work. We hope that Egypt will open an embassy in Tallinn soon,” said Paet.

At the meeting, they spent time discussing opportunities to develop Estonia-Egypt economic co-operation. The foreign minister stated that many Estonian entrepreneurs have successfully started doing business in Egypt. “Egypt also continues to be a popular tourist destination,” he said.

Paet and Fathalla expressed satisfaction that political consultations between Estonia and Egypt have become a regular occurrence. “The consultations are very useful for developing bilateral relations, but also for information exchange about the developments happening in Egypt and in the region as a whole,” Paet noted. Foreign Minister Paet said that Egypt is the leading nation of the Islam and Arab worlds and the European Union’s most important partner in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean Union. Egypt is also an important contributor to the Middle East peace process. “We welcome Egypt’s contribution to restoring direct Israel-Palestine negotiations in September 2010. We consistently support the two nations achieving a solution through the Middle East peace process. It is also essential that the parties to the conflict continue their negotiations,” Paet emphasised.

Another topic addressed at the meeting was Estonia-Egypt co-operation in international organisations, primarily in UN structures. “We told Egypt about our candidacy for the UN Human Right Council from 2012-2015 and for a non-permanent position in the UN Security Council from 2020-2021,” said Paet.

A photo from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/5184038931/

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