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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Estonia commemorates the victims of the terror attacks of 11 September 2001


In a letter to his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia commemorates with the United States the memory of those who died and suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. “We sympathise deeply with all of those whose family members were killed during the terrorist attacks as well as all the other victims,” said Paet.

According to Foreign Minister Paet, Estonia condemns terrorism in all its forms and expressions as a continuing and serious threat to world peace and security. “No region, country or individual is protected against terrorist attacks. In the last ten years, events in London, Madrid, Bali, Mumbai, Oslo and many other places have been a sad confirmation of this,” he noted. “In response, the United States, along with Estonia and many other like-minded countries have started coordinated efforts for the prevention and avoidance of terror attacks,” Paet said. All concerned parties, including the representatives of civil society and the private sector, must be involved in these joint actions in order to fight against extremism and the financing of terrorism,” he added.

In his letter to Clinton, Paet stressed that by fighting terrorism we defend the basic values of our societies. “Estonia considers it an obligation to contribute actively to global security in cooperation with its partners, and to honour democratic values, human rights and the principles of the rule of law,” he noted. “Estonia and the U.S. stand side by side in the defence of our societies. We owe it to the victims of terrorism not to allow our enemies to threaten our peaceful way of life,” Paet added.

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