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Estonia and Holland Call for Egypt to End the Violence Immediately



Foreign Minister Urmas Paet discussed the latest developments in Egypt, questions of international security, and Estonia-Holland relations in a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans in The Hague today.

The foreign ministers spoke at length about recent developments in Egypt. Paet and Timmermans condemned the continuation of violence in Egypt. “The events in Egypt are extremely worrying. Conflicting sides in Egypt must make efforts to solve their political differences peacefully. For this, it is important to begin talks between political forces as quickly as possible,” added the Estonian foreign minister. Today, the representatives of European Union member states are meeting in Brussels to discuss the European Union’s reaction to violence in Egypt.

Foreign Minister Paet noted that a good expression of NATO’s visibility is air policing in the Baltic region. “Estonia highly values Holland’s offer to fulfil the air policing mission’s rotation in 2017,” added Paet.

Topics connected to internet freedom are also very important for Estonia and Holland. According to Paet, the Internet Freedom Coalition which was initiated by Holland is well-timed and very important. “The internet can be secure and free at the same time. For us it is important that this is understood as far as possible geographically outside the transatlantic space,” noted Foreign Minister Paet. “Estonia is the next chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition and we are also organizing the coalition’s yearly conference in Tallinn in 2014,” he said.

Paet says that the European Union values the stability and well-being of its neighbourhood and for this reason it must put emphasis on attention to the Eastern Partnership. “The Eastern Partnership should be an effective method for target countries to move in the direction of the European Union. An individual approach should be used for every partner country,” stressed Foreign Minister Paet. “In the high-level meeting about the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius at the end of November, it will be necessary to give clear perspectives to the Eastern partners and recognize advancements made so far,” he added.

Paet and Timmermans spoke about the future of the European Union, focusing on possibilities that would help the Euro area as well as the EU as a whole to emerge strongly from the crisis. “The future discourse of the European economic and monetary union should focus on the patient implementation of the economic rules which have been agreed upon in recent years,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

When discussing Estonia-Holland relations, both foreign ministers expressed pleasure that mutual economic relations are strong. Holland is third among countries that have invested in Estonia and seventh among trading partners. Additionally, good bilateral cooperation has existed in the consular domain through issuing Schengen visas as well as in the defence sphere. Last April, Holland joined the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, and Estonia has decided to join the C2 (Command and Control) Centre of Excellence in Holland. Also, Estonian and Dutch cooperation in the fields of culture and education have progressed smoothly and successfully. For example, there is a successful exchange student program between University of Groningen and University of Tartu.       




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