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Estonia Established Diplomatic Relations with Vanuatu

27.09.2013

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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Vanuatu’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Natapei established diplomatic relations between the two countries today, in the framework of the UN General Assembly. “Estonia wishes to establish diplomatic relations with all of the world’s states and there are less than 20 countries with whom we don’t have them yet,” stated Foreign Minister Paet.

At the meeting, the foreign ministers discussed cooperation in the UN and supporting each other’s candidacies. “Thus far, small countries have been under-represented in the UN Security Council,” noted Paet.

Paet invited Vanuatu to join the Freedom Online Coalition at the meeting. “The aim of the coalition is to promote and defend the idea of a free and secure internet,” he said.
Foreign Minister Paet also introduced Estonia’s e-solutions at the meeting. “Various e-solutions, such as e-education, e-elections, and e-medicine, help to increase interaction between the state and its citizens and bring services to the people, especially in case of large distances,” highlighted Paet. “We are ready to share our experience of applying e-solutions, whether in the course of bi- or multilateral cooperation,” he added.

At the meeting, the environment and sustainable development were also discussed, and the Estonian civil society initiative “Let’s Do It” was mentioned. “This year, cleaning broadened to a global level,” said Paet.

Vanuatu is a state composed of 83 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean between Australia and Hawaii. From north to south its territory spans over 1,000 kilometres. More than 260,000 people live in the country, and the capital of Vanuatu is Port Vila.

In 2012, more than 321,000 tourists visited Vanuatu. Estonian citizens can spend 30 days in Vanuatu without acquiring a visa.

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