Yesterday, on 8 September, Estonian Ambassador to the United States of America Lauri Lepik presented his credentials to US President Donald Trump.
In the conversation that followed, Lepik stressed the traditionally close relations between the two countries. “The decades-long policy of recognising the legal continuity of Estonian statehood, high-level reciprocal visits and the presence of US forces in the region carry a clear message: the US is one of Estonia’s most important allies,” said Lepik.
In his remarks, President Trump called Estonia a role model in a number of fields – as a trustworthy ally in NATO, and as the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Trump praised Estonia’s contribution in the war against terrorism, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ambassador Lepik said Estonia saw opportunities for closer cooperation in several fields, such as trade relations and developing mutual investments. Trump reaffirmed the importance of deepening and expanding relations in these fields.
Trump said Estonia’s leading role on cyber and digital matters was important for achieving joint security goals. Lepik added that cyber cooperation between the two countries was at a good level but even more intensive exchange of information could elevate the cooperation to a new level.
Trump and Lepik expressed agreement that US-Estonian friendship and relations should be deepened and developed further.
Lepik holds a master’s degree in political science from the Humboldt University in Germany. He started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995. From 1996 to 2000 he was stationed at the Estonian Embassy in Washington. He then held various posts at the ministry and, from 2004 to 2005, the Ministry of Defence. In 2011 and 2012 Lepik was Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine and Moldova, and before his current appointment he served as Estonian Ambassador to NATO from 2012 to 2017. Lepik is married to Riina Kionka, who is currently the Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council. They have two children.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communication Department