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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Canada is a very important NATO ally to Estonia

29.04.2014

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said today at a meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird in Tallinn, that in terms of bilateral defence co-operation, the most important partnership is as part of NATO. “Canada was also the first NATO member state to ratify Estonia’s accession to the alliance,” he noted. 

Paet stated that in the rapidly changing security environment in Europe, cooperation between allies and unity in NATO are crucial. “We consider Canada’s decision to help ensure security in Central and Eastern Europe with the support of fighter planes and staff officers to be of great significance,” Paet said. “We also hope that Canada will be involved in the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Air Policing mission,” Foreign Minister Paet said, adding that Estonia is also looking forward to Canada joining the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.

At their meeting, the foreign ministers also talked about possibilities to support Ukrainian society. “Through development cooperation we can jointly support the development of both the Ukrainian economy and democratic rule of law,” Paet said.

On the subject of Estonian-Canadian economic relations, Foreign Minister Paet said that the soon to be concluded trade agreement between the European Union and Canada will also boost bilateral trade.

Paet confirmed that the Estonian-Canadian youth exchange agreement is working very well. “Many young people in Estonia wish to use this opportunity,” he added.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird is attending the high-level Freedom Online Coalition “Free and Secure Internet for All” conference in Tallinn. The conference, with over 450 participants in attendance from more than 50 countries, is a venue for discussing how to ensure the free and safe development of the Internet in the future. For more information: http://www.freedomonline.ee/
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