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Foreign Minister Paet Met With Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Serbia, and Macedonia

07.12.2011

No. 400-E

While meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov in Vilnius today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the opening of an Estonian embassy in Astana will support the growth of Estonia-Kazakhstan relations. “Kazakhstan is an important partner to Estonia in Central Asia. We hope that Kazakhstan will also open its own embassy in Tallinn soon,” he added.

Paet stated that Estonia proposed that Kazakhstan could implement a unilateral visa waiver for Estonian citizens. “Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova, Georgia, and many other countries have implemented a unilateral visa waiver for Estonian citizens,” he added.

The Estonian foreign minister also feels it is important to further develop economic ties with Kazakhstan. “The Estonia-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission has successfully started its work and the next meeting of the commission will take place this upcoming spring,” he said.

Paet said that Estonia considers the development of relations between the European Union and Kazakhstan to be important. “It is important to conclude a framework agreement and also to start visa facilitation talks. Estonia also supports Kazakhstan’s endeavours to join the World Trade Organisation,” he noted.

Paet also met in Vilnius with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuc Jeremic and Foreign Minister of Macedonia* Nikola Poposki, with whom he discussed matters related to European Union enlargement. Foreign Minister Paet stated that both Serbia and Macedonia* are very important partners to Estonia in the Western Balkans.

“We feel that Serbia has earned European Union candidate country status by carrying out the necessary reforms and making a significant contribution to the regional reconciliation process. In terms of Serbia’s communication with Kosovo, we feel it is important that they continue with a direct dialogue and that the agreement they achieve is implemented,” he added. Paet and Jeremic also discussed matters related to Estonia-Serbia economic relations.

In meeting with Foreign Minister of Macedonia* Nikolas Poposki, Foreign Minister Paet said that Estonia supports starting EU accession negotiations with Macedonia and the country’s accession to NATO. “Unfortunately the name dispute with Greece, which is the obstacle that has put a stop to these processes, has still not been settled,” he added.

*Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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

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