Today, Estonian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Riho Kruuv presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena.
In the conversation that followed, Ambassador Kruuv and President Sirisena emphasised the good relations between Estonia and Sri Lanka and expressed their wishes to develop them further. “Estonia is ready to support Sri Lanka in reforming the state and making changes,” the ambassador said. “This can be done through organising study programmes and seminars, and also by sharing expertise on e-governance,” he added. According to President Sirisena, Sri Lanka appreciates Estonia’s help and added that the support of other countries, including aid for coping with natural disasters, is very important for a country in process of reform and national reconciliation.
“Estonia would like to offer Sri Lankan companies additional opportunities to enter the EU and Northern European market through e-Residency and our logistical infrastructure,“ Ambassador Kruuv said. President Sirisena expressed hope that economic relations between Estonia and Sri Lanka develop rapidly and asked Estonian companies to invest in Sri Lanka’s emerging economy. The ambassador pointed out at the meeting that Estonia is also ready to advise Sri Lanka on cyber security.
According to Kruuv, the field of tourism has great potential in relations between the two countries, confirmed by the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism being signed during his visit to Sri Lanka. “When Estonian tourists have already discovered Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches and cultural heritage, hopefully in future, Sri Lankans will enjoy Estonia’s nature and historical sights,” the ambassador said.
The ambassador thanked President Sirisena for cooperation in the UN and for supporting Estonia’s different candidacies.
Ambassador Kruuv graduated from George Mason University with an MA in international commerce and policy. Riho Kruuv has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1996, when he started in the department of accounting as Director of Budgeting and Economy. Over the years he has worked on different positions at the ministry, in addition to working at the embassies in Washington and Ottawa. From the summer of 2013, Kruuv worked at the Political Department as Counsellor on Security Policy and Arms Control and since autumn 2016, Kruuv is Estonia’s Ambassador to India. He is also serving as ambassador to Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore.
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