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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Estonia-USA Relations Will Continue to Deepen


No 397-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia will continue developing the good comprehensive co-operation that has taken place will newly re-elected President of the United States Barack Obama and his team.

“We congratulate the winners of the elections. Co-operative relations between Estonia and the United States will remain strong and our co-operation, which has been active and very positive, will continue during President Obama's second term. During his current term, Estonia-USA relations have developed and expanded significantly,” said Paet.

The foreign minister stated that Estonia and the USA share the same democratic values and communicate frequently on bilateral and multilateral issues that are important to both Estonia and the USA. We both value democratic principles, rule of law, and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.

“We will continue working with the USA to support countries that are on the reform path. Just like the USA once supported us, now we work together to support others that need our help,” Paet noted. We will also continue working with the USA as spokespersons for internet freedom.

Similar values are also held by the European Union and United States. “Therefore we feel it is essential to continue developing the relations between the European Union and United States of America; there should also be close foreign policy co-operation in addressing many important issues,” added the foreign minister.

It is essential to continue strengthening trans-Atlantic co-operation within the framework of NATO and making a joined effort to prevent security threats and resolve security problems.

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