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Estonian Ambassador to Egypt Presents Credentials


No. 382-E

On Sunday, 5 December Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Arab Republic of Egypt Paul Teesalu presented his credentials to Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak. During the credential presenting ceremony, Ambassador Teesalu passed along a message to President Mubarak from President Toomas Hendrik Ilves with greetings and a sincere wish to develop bilateral relations between Estonia and Egypt.

The Estonian Embassy in Egypt was opened in March of this year and Paul Teesalu is the first Estonian ambassador to permanently reside in Cairo. The ambassador stated that in Estonia-Egypt bilateral relations there is reciprocal interest in strengthening economic and cultural ties. “Estonian entrepreneurs discovered Egypt as an export market and Egypt has become the most popular tourist destination among Estonians,” said Teesalu.

Ambassador Teesalu was born on 24 February 1975 in Lääne County. In 1997 he graduated from Tartu University and the Tartu Theological Seminary with a degree in theology and later he also studied at the Estonian School of Diplomacy and the Federal German School of Diplomacy. Paul Teesalu began his diplomatic career in 1998 in the Foreign Ministry’s political department in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia division. From 2001-2004 he worked at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the OSCE in Vienna, and from 2004-2007 at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to NATO in Brussels. From 2007-2009 Teesalu was the director of the Foreign Ministry’s division for international organisations and starting in 2009 until assuming his position in Cairo this fall he was the director of the Foreign Ministry’s security policy division.

Ambassador Teesalu speaks English, German and Russian. Ambassador Teesalu is married and has a son and a daughter.


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