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Estonia Intensifying Ties with United Arab Emirates

21.04.2011

No. 143-E

Today in Abu Dhabi, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan signed an agreement for the protection of investments and the avoidance of double taxation between Estonia and the United Arab Emirates.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that the United Arab Emirates are increasingly becoming a more important co-operation partner for Estonia in the Persian Gulf region, and relations with the country should be intensified. “In order to achieve this we will name an ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and begin holding regular political consultations. We would also like to strengthen trade relations,” he added.

Paet stated that we also must continue working to reduce the visa requirements for Estonian citizens travelling to the United Arab Emirates, since the UAE is becoming a more popular tourist destination for Estonian citizens.

Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that Estonia is an interesting partner for the United Arab Emirates in Northern Europe, with whom they would be interested in strengthening relations.

At their meeting, Paet and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan also addressed matters related to the Estonian citizens abducted in Lebanon and the minister confirmed that the United Arab Emirates is prepared to help Estonia if possible.

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