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Mikser in Jerusalem: peace cannot be forced upon the conflicting parties, it should be agreed upon

8. March 2017 - 21:59

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem and discussed the Middle East peace process, the future of the EU, cooperation between the two countries and security issues.

Netanyahu affirmed that Israel and Estonia are good friends with similar understanding on matters of democracy, economic freedom and technology.

Mikser added that being among the world’s five most digitally advanced countries means that Israel and Estonia have experiences to share with each other to continue our leadership roles in the cyber field.

Ministers also discussed the security situation in the Middle East and the current situation of the peace process. “In Estonia’s view, lasting peace can only be achieved by a two-state solution agreed upon between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Peace cannot be imposed from outside - the parties themselves have to agree upon its conditions,” Mikser emphasised.

Foreign Minister Mikser also met today with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel Tzipi Hotovely, the Speaker of the Parliament Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Members of the Parliament Tzipi Livni and Yaakov Perry.

Tomorrow, the Foreign Minister will be in Ramallah where he will meet with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Rami Hamdallah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Malki and the Minister of Information Technology Allam Mousa. They will discuss the Middle East peace process and Estonia’s contribution to the development of Palestine mainly through e-governance and cyber defence projects.

Israel and Estonia are both in the global network of digitally advanced governments Digital 5, launched in 2014 to share experiences on digital government and to develop digital services offered by the government.


Additional information:
Maria Belovas
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
+372 516 0043

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