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Estonia to Open Embassy in India

05.01.2012

No. 3-E

The government has decided to establish an Estonian embassy in the capital of India, New Delhi.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that as of the spring the Foreign Ministry will send a chargé d’affaires to New Delhi, whose task it will be to make preparations for opening an embassy there in the fall of this year. “We plan to send an ambassador to New Delhi by the end of the year,” said Paet.

Paet stated that the opening of the embassy in New Delhi will help to intensify political co-operation with India and develop business and cultural contacts, as well as provide an opportunity to better address consular matters and to issue visas.

“On account of India’s important and growing role in the world and Estonians’ increasing interest in travelling to India, the plan to open an Estonian representation in India has been on the agenda for quite some time. From September 2005 to July 2008 an Estonian consular diplomat was working in the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi,” said Paet.

Currently Estonia’s non-resident ambassador to India residing in Tallinn is Peep Jahilo. The ambassador presented his credentials to Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on 8 December 2010. Estonia also has two honorary consuls in India: Anil Vig in New Delhi and Sunil Khana in Mumbai.

India re-recognised the independence of the Republic of Estonia on 9 September 1991. Diplomatic relations were established on 2 December 1991. At the time a British colony, India recognised Estonia for the first time on 22 September 1921 when Estonia became a member of the League of Nations.

 

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