The Palestinian Authority (PA) is with limited powers, and therefore Estonia cannot associate with the PA like it would with a sovereign state. In accordance with the 1993 Oslo Accords, Estonia recognises the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the representative of the Palestinian people on an international level. The Palestinian Authority is the executive body of the PLO, which was formed after the Oslo Accords. The representative to Estonia from the Mission of Palestine based in Helsinki from 2006 - 2014 was Mr. Nabil al-Wazir and since 2015 is Mr. Taїssir Al Adjouri.
Special Representative of Estonia to Palestine from April 2014 until July 2017 was Mrs. Kaili Terras, from 1st August 2017 is Mrs. Ann Hänni, residing in Tallinn.
Visits and meetings
In March 2019 - President Kersti Kaljulaid met during the UN Conference in Buenos Aires with the Foreign Minister of Palestine Riad al-Malki.
|to the Palestinian Authority|
|March 2017||Foreign Minister Sven Mikser|
|January 2016||Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand|
|December 2010||Delegation of the Riigkogu Foreign Affairs Committee|
|June 2010||President Toomas Hendrik Ilves|
|November 2009||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet|
|September 2011||Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mashhour Abudaka|
|June 2010||Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki|
|October 2009||Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mashour Abudaka|
|July 2004||Deputy Information Minister of the Palestinian Authority Dr. Ahmed Soboh|
Estonian-Palestinian trade 2010-2018 (thousand EUR):
In 2016 peat was the main export article (100%) to Palestine. There have been no imports from Palestine in recent years.
According to the Bank of Estonia, as at 31.12.2018, Palestinian direct investment in Estonia amounted to the 53 thousand euros. Investments have been made in the wholesale and retail trade, as well as in the administrative and assistance sectors.
All economic data from Statistics Estonia.
Development and humanitarian aid
Since 2006 Estonia has supported the Palestinian Authority with development and humanitarian aid totalling over 2,5 million euros.
An official friendship agreement between Bethlehem and Haapsalu was signed on 16 September 2010. Representatives of Bethlehem planted a fir tree in the Count’s Garden in Haapsalu, and when it grows taller it will become the city’s Christmas tree.
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