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Foreign Minister Paet Met with First Nicaraguan Foreign Minister to Visit Estonia

25.11.2010

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At his meeting today with the first ever Nicaraguan foreign minister to visit Estonia, Samuel Santos Lopez, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised the necessity of observing Georgia's territorial integrity. “It is essential to continue the non-recognition policy on the international level. Nicaragua's decision to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and to establish diplomatic ties with them does not help to resolve the situation that has developed,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “In the interest of alleviating the post-conflict situation, we must ensure the effectiveness of the work of international monitors in Georgia. Estonia feels it is necessary for the UN mission to return to all of Georgia's territory,” he added.

During the meeting, the foreign ministers also discussed Estonia's experiences in the information technology sector. “We are prepared to welcome Nicaraguan experts that are interested in Estonia's information technology solutions,” said the Estonian foreign minister.

When discussing opportunities to intensify bilateral relations, Foreign Minister Paet proposed to his colleague that Nicaragua could be represented at the international tourism fair TOUREST in Tallinn next February, in order to introduce the country to people in Estonia.

Paet also feels it is important to appoint an honorary consul in Nicaragua.

In addition, the foreign ministers touched on European Union-Nicaragua relations. The European Union is Nicaragua's third-biggest global trade partner. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed hope that an Association Agreement between the European Union and Nicaragua would be signed soon that would include a free trade agreement and enliven economic relations.

Other topics of discussion were Nicaragua's relations with its neighbours and developments in the region as a whole.

Photo from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/5206695186/

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