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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With New Finnish President Sauli Niinistö


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At his meeting in Helsinki with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the closeness between Estonia and Finland is demonstrated by special relationships in the political, cultural and economic realms. “Finland is Estonia’s biggest trade partner, as it is number one among import partners and in second place among export partners,” he stated. There are over 4 000 companies with Finnish participation in Estonia and in terms of direct investments Finland comes in second after Sweden.

Estonia is interested in comprehensive close co-operation with Finland, which includes working together more closely with all the countries around the Baltic Sea. “The Northern Dimension, Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and Council for the Baltic Sea States all have important roles to play in this co-operation,” he added.

Paet and Niinistö also discussed developments in the relationship between the European Union and Russia as well as the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy.
At a meeting with Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb, the ministers discussed the organisation of future visits with joint Estonian-Finnish business delegations, considering how successful the joint visit to Indonesia was.


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