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The Estonian Ambassador to Mexico presents her credentials

19.09.2011

In Mexico on Tuesday, 13 September, Marina Kaljurand, the new Estonian Ambassador to Mexico presented her credentials to Mexico’s President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa. Kaljurand resides in Washington, D.C.

During a conversation that followed the presentation of credentials, President Calderón and Ambassador Kaljurand shared the opinion that the relations between Estonia and Mexico are good but could be closer and they should be developed further in all areas of activity. According to President Calderón, Mexico is especially interested in cooperation in the field of information technology, including cyber defence and e-services. In the conversation, Ambassador Kaljurand pointed out that Mexico never recognised the occupation of Estonia and that the friendship agreement signed with Mexico in 1937 is still in force. While in Mexico, Kaljurand will also attend celebrations scheduled for Mexican Independence Day.

Claude Le Brun, who has made a considerable contribution to the development of Estonian-Mexican relations, is Estonia’s honorary consul in Mexico.

Marina Kaljurand was born on 6 September 1962 in Tallinn. She studied at the Tallinn 7th Secondary School and graduated from the Law Department of Tartu State University in 1986. In 1992, Marina Kaljurand graduated from the Estonian School of Diplomacy and received a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University in U.S. in 1995. She supplemented her studies at the University of Lapland in Finland, at the University of Pittsburgh in the U.S., as well as Durham University and Civil Service College in Great Britain.

Marina Kaljurand started her diplomatic service in 1991 by joining the Press and Information Department of the Foreign Ministry. From 1992 to 1996, Kaljurand worked as the Director of the International Treaties Office of the Legal Department of the Foreign Ministry. From 1996 to 1999, she was an adviser at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki. From 1999 to 2001, Kaljurand worked as the Executive Director of the Legal Department of the Foreign Ministry and from 2001 to 2005 as the Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs. From 2004 to 2006, Kaljurand served as the Estonian Ambassador to Israel residing in Tallinn, and from 2005 to 2008, she was the Estonian Ambassador in Russia. Before being named Estonian Ambassador to the United States, Kaljurand worked since 2008 as the Undersecretary for External Economic and Development Affairs and served as the Ambassador to Kazakhstan residing in Tallinn. Marina Kaljurand is currently the Estonian Ambassador to the United States. Marina Kaljurand is married and has a son and daughter. She speaks English, Russian and Finnish.

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For more information, contact:
Terje Raadik
Press Representative
Estonian Embassy in the United States
(1 202) 588 0101
Terje.Raadik@mfa.ee

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