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Estonian Ambassador to United Kingdom Presents Credentials


No. 351-E

On Thursday, 11 November, Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Aino Lepik von Wirén presented her credentials to Queen Elizabeth II.

In the discussion following the presenting of credentials, Her Majesty and Ambassador Lepik von Wirén discussed bilateral relations between Estonia and the United Kingdom and acknowledged the very good co-operation between the two nations. Queen Elizabeth II recognised the Estonian soldiers that participate in battle activities in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province alongside British soldiers. Queen Elizabeth II expressed interest in Estonia’s current economic situation and the Estonian ambassador told Her Majesty about Estonia’s transition process to the euro.

The Queen also recalled her encounters with Estonians that were living in exile in the 1950s.

Ambassador Aino Lepik von Wirén was born on 28 October 1961 in Stockholm. She graduated from the faculty of law at Stockholm University in 1987 and has also studied at the University of Surrey in England. Aino Lepik von Wirén has done diplomatic work since 1994, when she began working in the Foreign Ministry’s legal department as the head of the human rights division. From 1994-1999 Aino Lepik von Wirén was also Estonia’s representative to the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), and from 1997-1999 she was the director general of the legal department. Following that, Aino Lepik von Wirén was the Estonian ambassador to Portugal from 2003-2006 and the Estonian ambassador to Israel from 2007-2010. Before assuming her current position, Aino Lepik von Wirén served as the Foreign Ministry’s undersecretary for legal and consular affairs.

Lepik von Wirén speaks Swedish, English and French. Aino Lepik von Wirén is married with one son and one daughter.

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