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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Will Meet with US Secretary of State and NATO Counterparts

03.12.2013

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will attend a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting on 3-4 December in Brussels. Foreign Minister Paet is also scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

On 3 December, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Secretary of State John Kerry will sign the Estonia-US Cyber Partnership Statement in Brussels.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, international cooperation is very important in the cyber field. “A good example of this is the partnership statement that will be signed today. It will take Estonia-US cyber cooperation to a new level,” added Foreign Minister Paet. “We both base our positions on the principle that the internet must remain both secure and free,” he added.

Paet asserted that cyber cooperation between Estonia and the United States has been very close thus far. Both Estonia and the United States belong to the Freedom Online Coalition, which is a group of states that cooperate to advance internet freedom. As the current chairman of the Freedom Online Coalition, Estonia will organise the coalition’s annual conference  “A Free and Secure Internet for All” next spring in Tallinn. Estonia and USA have also close cyber cooperation within the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which is located in Tallinn.

At the meeting in Brussels, NATO Foreign Ministers will discuss the objectives of next year’s NATO summit and questions related to NATO’s future. Developing NATO partnerships and the Open Door Policy will also be discussed.

The Foreign Ministers of countries participating in the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will discuss the security situation in Afghanistan and developments after 2014. Additionally, meetings of the NATO-Russia Council and the NATO-Georgia Council will also take place.

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