Pakistan recognised the independence of the Republic of Estonia on 8 September 1991 and diplomatic relations between Estonia and Pakistan were established on 20 September 1993.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Estonia, Dr. Khalid Memon resides in Warsaw.
No agreements have been signed between Estonia and Pakistan. On 8 December 2004, the Protocol on establishing a mechanism for political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was signed.
The last foreign policy consultations with Pakistan took place in February 2011 in Tallinn.
Estonia-Pakistan trade 2007-2012 (in mln EUR)
|Balance||- 6.1||- 10.5||-7.3||6.0||-5.4||4.4|
In 2012 Estonian export to Pakistan totalled 11.5 million euros and import from Pakistan was valued at 7.1 million euros.
Main articles of export in 2012:
- mineral products (73.3%)
- metal and metal products (13.9%)
- paper, paper pulp, and paper and cardboard scraps (7.8%)
Main articles of import in 2012:
- textiles (92%)
- leather goods (3.4%).
Source: Statistics Estonia
Estonian support for victims of the Pakistan floods
One of the biggest floods in Pakistan’s recent history started due to floodwaters caused by unusually strong monsoon rains during the last weeks of July 2010. Soon after the disaster took place, Estonia supported victims of the floods with 1 million kroons (64 000 EUR) in food aid donated through the World Food Programme (WFP). In addition, the Foreign Ministry supported the sending of experts of the Estonian Disaster Relief Team to Pakistan within the framework of UN Humanitarian Partnership from October 2010 until March 2011.
In the summer of 2011 Pakistan once again suffered from the effects of flooding. This time Estonia supported Pakistan by donating 30 000 euros through UNICEF.
Estonian support for victims of the Pakistan earthquake
Following the earthquake at the beginning of October 2005 in Pakistan Estonia was among the first to dispatch its disaster relief team to Pakistan. The team included 6 medics, an eight-member group of rescuers-logistics officers, one liaison officer and one logistician. During the 12-day mission the Estonian Disaster Relief Team (EDRT) established a field hospital complex of 2000 square meters in Batagram, which included different units beginning with an emergency ward and ending with a delivery room. Medical supplies were sent to Pakistan together with the relief team also, purchased for 3 195 euros from the Foreign Ministry’s budget for humanitarian aid. The Estonian Foreign Ministry also supported UNICEF, which is one of the most active UN bodies organising rescue and reconstruction work in Pakistan, with 25 500 euros from the budget for development and humanitarian aid.
In addition, Estonia allocated 95 850 euros to NATO through the Defence Ministry to support the NATO air-bridge for delivering humanitarian aid to Pakistan.
In November, two members of the Estonian Disaster Relief Team spent a fortnight in Batagram on the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) mission. The UNDAC is a team permanently on stand-by, consisting of crisis and disaster management professionals, disaster assessors and coordinators of different countries.
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