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Estonian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Presents Credentials


No 389-E

On Tuesday, 30 October, Estonia’s new ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Arti Hilpus presented his credentials to Presidency Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegović  in Sarajevo. Ambassador Hilpus resides in Tallinn.

Ambassador Arti Hilpus stated that the stability and well-being of the entire Western Balkan region is important to Estonia. “Therefore we continue to support Bosnia and Herzegovina’s integration with the European Union. The realisation of EU aspirations depend first and foremost on homework and progress. It is essential that Sarajevo remain steady on the reform path and that the requirements to become an EU candidate country are fulfilled,” stated Ambassador Hilpus.

Ambassador Hilpus said that Estonia also supports the continuation of NATO’s open-door policy.

In meetings with Presidency Chairman Bakir Izetbegović and Deputy Foreign Minister Ana Trišic-Babic, the current status of bilateral political and economic relations and possibilities for intensifying them were briefly discussed. The Bosnian side was interested in Estonia’s economic situation, its regional co-operation experiences, and how it established information technology solutions in public administration. Ambassador Hilpus confirmed that Estonia is prepared to share its experiences with reforming public administration and preparing for accession to the EU.

Ambassador Arti Hilpus was born in Elva in 1972, graduated from the history department of Tartu University and completed the international course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Arti Hilpus has worked at the Foreign Ministry since 1996, serving as the director of the human resources division and the director of the division for the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy. Hilpus worked in the Estonian Embassy in Berlin as the first secretary for political affairs from 2001-2004 and following that he was the director of the security policy division in the Foreign Ministry’s first political department. As of 2009 Hilpus was the Estonian ambassador to Norway and Iceland, residing in Oslo. In September of this year Hilpus became the Estonian ambassador to Macedonia*, residing in Tallinn.


*Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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