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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Discussed Co-operation for Finding Estonian Citizens Abducted in Lebanon with Colleagues from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates


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Today in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet discussed co-operation for finding the Estonian citizens abducted in Lebanon with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “Since Saudi Arabia was mentioned in the video that was sent to the Foreign Ministry, I ask my Saudi Arabian colleague for additional information and analysis,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet also got in touch with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to notify him that Jordan was also mentioned in the video message and to ask for additional information and analysis.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan all promised to help in any way they could.

Foreign Minister Paet, who is currently attending a meeting of the European Union and Gulf Co-operation Council member states, also discussed co-operation for finding the Estonian citizens abducted in Lebanon with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton.

Last night a video clip of the seven Estonian citizens abducted in Lebanon was sent to the Foreign Ministry. The message did not include the conditions of the victims’ release, any demands, or information on who is behind the abduction. The crisis commission will continue to work together with all the relevant establishments and international partners until this situation is resolved.

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