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Foreign Minister calls on Estonians to support Ukraine in their countries of residence

On 3 December, the Foreign Ministry held the fourth virtual forum for Estonians worldwide. The central topic of the forum was the parliamentary elections in March 2023 and the role the Estonian community abroad can play in public matters. Discussions also covered information exchange, including the current and future role of the diaspora media.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said every Estonian abroad was a part of the cultural realm of Estonia. “The forum has become a tradition and the exchanges there reinforce our bond with our compatriots because every Estonian, whether in Estonia or abroad, carries our culture, memory and values. Our support to each other and the endurance of our people and state is a force that makes us thrive. Just as Estonians pressured their governments to support Estonia’s ambitions of freedom when we had lost our state, I now call on Estonians to support Ukraine in their countries of residence and demand that they provide more weapons. The outcome of this war is an existential issue for us,” Minister Reinsalu said.

A two-day inspiration training for editors of diaspora publications preceded the forum. “I am happy to see that Estonians in so many countries have maintained a close link to Estonia and Estonian-language media is cherished, especially during recent difficult years of crisis. We had several substantial discussions on improving the information exchange of Estonians abroad with Estonia and within the diaspora,” Marin Mõttus, Director General of the Department for the Diaspora and Cultural Diplomacy, said.

The discussion on the role of Estonians abroad included media expert Raul Rebane, Director of the Consular Division at the Estonian Embassy in Finland Peeter Püvi, and

Reet Marten Sehr, representative of the Estonian World Council and Estonian Central Council in Canada. The second discussion concentrated on the shared information space with the diaspora. Panellists included Estonian journalist and political scientist based in Canada Marcus Kolga; Editor-in-Chief of the Rahvuslik Kontakt magazine, Chairwoman of the Estonian Association in Sweden Sirle Sööt, and Ülle Toode, an Estonian journalist and social scientist based in Italy.

Photos of the event are available on the Ministry’s Flickr account.

The virtual forum is available for watching in Estonian, English and Russian on the Ministry’s YouTube channel.

Source: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs