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Estonian and Turkish Foreign Ministers Discuss Co-operation to Free Estonians Abducted in Lebanon

13.05.2011

No 170-E

During his meeting with Foreign Minister Urmas Paet in Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu confirmed that Turkey is continuing to provide whatever help is necessary to help find and free the Estonian citizens who were abducted in Lebanon.

Paet said that Turkey has profound knowledge of the Middle East region and has a strong representation and contacts in the area. “Co-operation with Turkey has gone very well,” he added.

At their meeting, the foreign ministers also talked about developments in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Foreign Minister Paet said that the developments in that region indicate an urgent need to bring co-operation between the European Union and Turkey to a higher level, taking into consideration Turkey’s important role in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Paet proposed to Davotoglu that Turkish Airlines consider opening a direct flight between Tallinn and Istanbul.

The Estonian and Turkish foreign ministers also agreed to support one another in their UN candidacies.

Photo from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/5713473415/in/pho...

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