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Estonian Foreign Minister Met With Tunisian and Vietnamese Foreign Ministers

30.09.2013

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At a meeting at the UN General Assembly with Tunisian Minister of  Foreign Affairs Othman Jerandi, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia would like to secure visa freedom for all of its citizens travelling to Tunisia. “At the moment, only tourist groups have visa freedom but we would like all Estonian citizens to be able to travel to Tunisia without having to acquire a visa,” noted Paet.

According to Paet, Estonia highly values Tunisia’s activism in the activity of the Freedom Online Coalition. “The Freedom Online conference, which took place in Tunis in June, was a good example of advancing freedoms in cyberspace to other states in the region,” stated Paet. “The next Freedom Online Coalition conference will be organized by Estonia in Tallinn next April,” noted Paet. He extended an invitation to the Tunisian foreign minister to participate in the conference.

The foreign ministers also spoke about developments in Tunisia at the meeting. Paet confirmed that not only Estonia but also the entire European Union is ready to support the continuing implementation of democratic reforms in Tunisia. “I am glad that the e-governance project is launching on 1 October, during the course of which Estonian experts will be helping Tunisia to develop the e-governance system,” declared Paet.

In the meeting with Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia could convey its experiences in the fields of e-education, e-elections, e-medicine, and other e-state related solutions. “It is positive that cooperation has been launched in the area of medicine between the University of Tartu and the University of Da Nang. Also, a project for Estonian scientists to research dioxin in Vietnam is reaching completion,” he added.

Paet expressed the hope that Estonia and Vietnam might sign an agreement to avoid double taxation in the near future.

The foreign ministers also spoke about Vietnam’s relations with the European Union at the meeting. “We consider it positive that a partnership and cooperation agreement was signed between Vietnam and the European Union last year. Estonia also supports preparations to sign an EU-Vietnam free trade agreement,” declared Paet.

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