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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With Pope Benedictus XVI


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At his meeting today in the Vatican with Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Pope Benedictus XVI recognised Estonia’s successful development and congratulated Estonia on the upcoming 20th anniversary of the restoration of its independence. The Pope stated that Estonia has achieved a great deal.

Paet also spoke to Pope Benedictus XVI about the visible role of the Catholic community in Estonia and invited the Pope to visit Estonia.

Yesterday Foreign Minister Paet met with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States (Foreign Minister) Archbishop Dominique Mamberti. At their meeting, they discussed Estonia-Vatican bilateral relations. Foreign Minister Paet also gave an overview of Estonia’s transition to the euro zone and plans for Tallinn 2011 Capital of Culture. In addition, Foreign Minister Paet and Archbishop Mamberti talked about European Union enlargement.

Paet and Mamberti also discussed the situation in the world’s greatest conflict regions. “The humanitarian aid given by Estonia has grown tenfold over the past five years,” Foreign Minister Paet said during the meeting. “Estonia has helped Haiti and Pakistan, the two greatest disaster regions of 2010, with voluntary donations to international humanitarian aid organisations and by sending rescue team experts to those locations,” he added.

The two also discussed the world’s most severe humanitarian disaster, Sudan. To help alleviate the situation there, Estonia has every year made donations to UN humanitarian aid organisations.

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