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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Palestine

14.11.2012

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During his meeting in Cairo with Foreign Minister of Jordan Nasser Judeh, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet noted that Estonia values Jordan as an important partner in the Middle Eastern region.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonia-Jordan relations have grown closer from year to year and an important role is played by economic co-operation, specifically in the area of oil shale. The foreign minister added that hopefully we will be successful in making business contacts even more diverse. “On Estonia’s side, interest in co-operation with Jordan has been expressed by companies in the IT realm and companies that produce electronic appliances,” he said.

“We are interested in concluding an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation with Jordan,” Paet noted. Paet said that Estonia also supports negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) and the intensification of trade relations between the European Union and Jordan.

In talking about international developments, both foreign ministers expressed concern over the continuing violence in Syria. “In order to resolve the conflict, it is most essential to end the violence and work in the name of a cease-fire and a political transition. We feel the announcements made in Doha last Sunday about the creation of a new Syrian national coalition are significant,” said the Estonian foreign minister.

At the same time, Paet continued, the international community must continue giving comprehensive support to the countries that have received Syrian refugees. “For example, nearly 100 000 refugees have already headed to Jordan; therefore Estonia decided to respond to Jordan’s appeal for aid and supported Syrian refugees in Jordan through the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with 50 000 euros,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet also met in Cairo with the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority Riad al-Malki, who confirmed that Palestine is prepared to start new negotiations with Israel in order to achieve a two-state solutions with no preconditions.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonia supports negotiations between Israel and Palestine. “It is the only way to achieve a two-state solution,” he added.

The foreign ministers also talked about relations between Estonia and the Palestinian Authority. The ministers confirmed the good state of their relations and the desire to intensify co-operation. “We hope to move forward with co-operation with Palestine in the e-governance sector,” Paet noted.


Photos from the meetings: http://tinyurl.com/a9aeacc

 

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