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Liimets: the United Kingdom remains our strategic partner in Europe

Today 11 March, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets met with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab, who is on a visit to Estonia to celebrate the centenary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. At the meeting, the ministers highlighted the historically strong relations of Estonia and the United Kingdom, and discussed future cooperation on security and defence as well as in the UN Security Council, and cyber and development cooperation, including in Africa.

“The bond between Estonia and the United Kingdom has always been strong. Today we discussed ways of further expanding our cooperation based on shared values and goals. We signed a statement of intent with deliverables for boosting bilateral relations, outlining the areas and activities for future cooperation, mostly related to defence and security, digital and cyber cooperation, the climate, culture, education and research, and people-to-people contacts.”

Liimets thanked the United Kingdom for its contribution to the security of Estonia and the Baltic Sea region. “The United Kingdom is and remains among our strongest allies in NATO and a key partner in bilateral defence cooperation. We highly appreciate the United Kingdom’s contribution to NATO’s battlegroup in Tapa and are, in turn making sure our allies have the best possible living and training conditions,” the foreign minister said. During the visit, the ministers signed an agreement on the protection of confidential information that makes it possible to further increase defence and security cooperation.

“Our cooperation in international organisations has also been successful. For example, in the UN Security Council, the United Kingdom has supported Estonia’s initiatives for raising issues of international security, and we, in turn, have supported the initiatives of the United Kingdom, such as for highlighting the link between the climate and security.” They also discussed using international initiatives to help Europe’s neighbourhood and developing countries obtain COVID-19 vaccines.

Statement of intent: https://bit.ly/3leCH4U 

Photos (Marko Mumm): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmULcpJh

On 10 and 11 March, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab is on his first visit to Estonia. Yesterday, he met with the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Today, a bilateral meeting was held between Eva-Maria Liimets and Dominic Raab, followed by a press conference that is available for watching on YouTube and Facebook.

Source: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs