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Estonian Ambassador to Swiss Confederation Presents Credentials


No. 13-E

On Tuesday, 11 January Estonian Ambassador Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi presented her credentials to President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey. The ambassador resides in Tallinn.

In the meeting that followed the presenting of credentials, Ambassador Saarsalu-Layachi and President Calmy-Rey discussed Estonia-Switzerland bilateral relations. Estonian Ambassador Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi stated that relations between the nations have seen an upward surge and that they are very good and close. “Starting this year, Switzerland is representing Estonia for the issuing of visas on the territory of Palestine in Ramallah,” said the ambassador, giving an example of consular co-operation between Switzerland and Estonia. “Switzerland is also interested in co-operation with Estonia in the cyber defence sector,” added Saarsalu-Layachi. During the meeting the ambassador gave the Swiss president an overview of Estonia’s economic situation and introduced our transition to the euro.

Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi was born on 10 January 1967 in Tallinn. She graduated from the law department of Tartu University in 1990 and in 1994 got her master’s degree from the European Institute at the University of Basel. She has worked in Estonia’s foreign service since 1991 and in 1996 she was a counsellor of the Foreign Ministry’s legal department. From 1996-1999 she served as a counsellor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union and from 1999-2003 she was the director general of the Foreign Ministry’s European integration department. From 2003-2009 Saarsalu-Layachi was the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Slovakia, and the Swiss Confederation. Starting in 2009 Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi is the director general of the personnel department.

Ambassador Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi speaks German, French, English and Russian.

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