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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Estonia has received much support and we are now prepared to help others


At an international conference entitled “20.08.1991 - Twenty Years On", held to mark the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia’s favourable neighbourhood and support from friends further afield were instrumental in securing Estonia’s rapid return to the international community.

Paet said Estonia had become the northern European country most closely integrated with the rest of Europe thanks to three components – clear goals, assistance and support from friends, and the hard work and understanding from the people of Estonia themselves.

"Estonia’s foreign policy objectives are the promoting of democracy and the rule of law, respect for human rights and economic freedoms. The increase of the share of democracies that respect the rule of law grows global security and well-being,” he said.

Paet added that Estonia had received much support and assistance from friends and that now it was time for Estonia to help others as well.

Paet was joined in marking the 20th anniversary of re-independence by the foreign ministers of the other Baltics and Nordics -- Icelandic counterpart Össur Skarphéðinsson, Sweden’s Carl Bildt, Denmark’s Lene Espersen, Finland’s Erkki Tuomioja, Lithuania’s Audronius Azubalis and Latvia’s Girts Kristovskis.

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