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Estonian Ambassador to Morocco Presents Credentials


No. 46-E

On Monday, 27 February, Estonian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco Marin Mõttus presented a copy of her credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Morocco Saad dine El Otmani*.

At his meeting with the Estonian ambassador, Minister El Otmani emphasised that relations with Estonia, as an active European Union member state, are important to Morocco. Ambassador Mõttus stated that Morocco is, in turn, a valuable dialogue partner for Estonia in Northern Africa, since it is the most stable country in the region and its recent economic development has been impressive. Estonia and Morocco hold regular political consultations and the next meeting will take place soon.

Ambassador Mõttus noted at the meeting that Estonia-Morocco trade relations should be developed, since they have been very modest to date. “Morocco is interested in Estonia’s experiences with IT solutions. We have offered Moroccan entrepreneurs the opportunity to come to Estonia to become acquainted with Estonia’s information society,” said Mõttus. During the meeting the parties also agreed that Estonian entrepreneurs could consider investing in Morocco. The Moroccan foreign ministers stated that recently the country has created a great deal of infrastructure and tourism is once again on the upswing after the economic crisis. Morocco showed some of the most rapid growth in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” rankings in 2011. 

The minister and ambassador also spoke about Estonia and Morocco’s historical heritages and reciprocally introducing their cultures. One of Estonia’s first steps in this direction was studying and recording artist Eduard Viiralt’s time in Marrakesh.

Marin Mõttus was born in Tallinn on 4 April 1960. In 1983 Mõttus graduated from the Estonian language and literature department of Tartu University and in 2000 she earned her master’s degree in international relations from the Madrid School of Diplomacy and Complutense University. Before joining the foreign service Marin Mõttus worked as a teacher in secondary school and at Tallinn University of Technology and as a news editor for the Baltic News Service; she also translated literature from Spanish to Estonian. Mõttus has worked at the Foreign Ministry since 1997, when she assumed the role of Foreign Ministry press spokesperson. From 2002-2005 Mõttus worked as an economic diplomat in the Estonian Embassy in Madrid; following that she was a division director in the Foreign Ministry’s political department. Marin Mõttus was at the head of Estonia’s special mission in Israel and after the opening of the embassy in Tel Aviv in 2009 she was Estonia’s charge d’affaires ad interim to Israel. Since October 2010 Mõttus has been the Estonian ambassador to Portugal.

Ambassador Mõttus speaks English, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

* According to protocol practices in Morocco, the king only accepts credentials from ambassadors residing in Rabat. Since Ambassador Marin Mõttus resides in Lisbon, the procedure for her to become the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Morocco ended in this way.

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