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Estonian Ambassador to India Presents Credentials


No. 386-E

Today, 8 December, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of India Peep Jahilo presented his credentials to President of the Republic of India Prathiba Devisingh Patil. Ambassador Peep Jahilo resides in Tallinn.

In the discussion following the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Peep Jahilo passed along greetings from President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to the president of India. Ambassador Jahilo introduced the newest developments in Estonia to President Patil, including its upcoming accession to the euro zone, which will help to improve the investment climate. He also confirmed his readiness to help promote bilateral economic relations between Estonia and India.

Ambassador Peep Jahilo noted that Estonia-India relations have developed dynamically. “The official visit by Riigikogu Speaker Ene Ergma to India took place at the beginning of this year, political consultations between the foreign ministries take place every year, and last year a business forum introducing reciprocal business connections took place in Tallinn,” said Jahilo. The ambassador added that the development of information and biotechnology are important for both India and Estonia and it will certainly be possible to find many joint activities in these sectors. “There is also potential to advance cultural and educational co-operation. Researcher and student exchanges are already taking place between Estonia and India,” said Jahilo.

Ambassador Jahilo said that the Indian president acknowledged that relations between Estonia and India are very good and understanding. In addition to bilateral relations, President Patil also mentioned the need for comprehensive co-operation in international organisations. Evidence of this is India becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2011—Estonia was among those providing support for this outcome.

Ambassador Peep Jahilo was born on 24 September 1962 in Tallinn. He graduated from the philology department of Tartu University in 1985. Jahilo has worked in the foreign service since 1990. He has been the director of the foreign minister’s office and the director general of the personnel department as well as a counsellor in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic. From 1995-1997 Jahilo was the charge d’affaires ad interim in London and from 2000-2004 the ambassador to Norway and Iceland. From 2004-2007 Peep Jahilo served as the director general of the Foreign Ministry’s internal audit department. From 2004-2009 he was the Estonian ambassador to Albania, residing in Tallinn and Athens. From 2007-2009 Jahilo was the ambassador to Greece and Cyprus. Since 2009 Peep Jahilo has been working as an undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry.

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