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Foreign Minister Paet to Open First Estonian Diplomatic Representation in Australia


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Tomorrow, within the framework of his visit to Australia, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will open the Estonian Consulate General in Sydney.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that the opening of a consulate general in Sydney is necessary for both Estonia, in order to develop bilateral relations with Australia, as well as for the large Estonian population of Australia, so that they may have access to consular services. “Australia is an important international co-operation partner of Estonia that shares the same values, with whom we would like to further develop bilateral relations. In addition, the community of Estonian citizens in Australia has grown in recent years,” he added.

The Estonian consul general in Australia is Triinu Rajasalu.

Yesterday Foreign Minister Paet attended the premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s work “Flamma”. In addition to Sydney, the Australian Chamber Orchestra also performed Tüür’s work in Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and other Australian cities.

Today Paet met with members of the Estonian community in Australia at the Sydney Estonian House. “The Australia Estonians’ active involvement in preserving Estonian language and culture has helped to maintain the Estonian spirit in a place very far away from Estonia itself. The Sydney Estonian archive is therefore a vital preserver of Estonia’s cultural heritage,” he stated.

On Tuesday, 22 November Foreign Minister Paet will meet in Canberra with his colleague, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and President of the Senate Senator John Hogg. He will also participate in a session of the House of Representatives. In addition, Paet will participate in a roundtable being held by the Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies.

Topics to be discussed in meetings with his Australian colleagues are bilateral relations, including the expansion of the treaty base, advancing cyber defence-related co-operation in Asia, and co-operation in international organisations. Other items to be addressed are European Union-Australia relations, recent developments in each country’s neighbourhood, international economic issues, and energy matters.


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