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Estonian and Brazilian Foreign Ministers: Estonia and Brazil Have Many Common Interests

26.09.2011

No. 310-E

At his meeting in New York yesterday with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Brazil’s decision to open an embassy in Tallinn demonstrates the rapid development of Estonia and Brazil’s relations as well as the countries’ interest in one another. The Brazilian ambassador to Estonia will present his credentials next week. “The opening of the embassy will help to further strengthen our good relations,” said Paet. “Estonia should also open an embassy in Brazil in the coming years,” he added. The embassy is Brazil’s first in a Baltic state.

At their meeting, Paet and Patriota also discussed the reform of the UN Security Council. Paet stated that Estonia sees Brazil as a potential candidate to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council after the reform is complete. “Brazil plays an ever more important role in both international politics and economics as well as in, for example, environmental protection initiatives,” he added.

At the meeting, Paet said that since the use of Estonia’s e-state experience to put the principles of an open society into practice has earned widespread international attention, the Open Governance Partnership Initiative created under the leadership of Brazil offers good opportunities for co-operation. “We consider it a positive initiative, through which Estonia can introduce its experience in countries that are starting to create their own e-state,” he added.

The foreign ministers also talked about Estonia and Brazil’s trade relations and visa-free travel for Estonian citizens to Brazil. The Brazilian foreign minister expressed hope that the Brazilian parliament would ratify the agreement that would allow for Estonian citizens to travel to Brazil visa-free very soon.

Foreign Minister Paet invited his Brazilian colleague to visit Estonia.

Photos from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/

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