Uruguay recognised the Republic of Estonia in connection with Estonia’s admission to the League of Nations on 22 September 1921.
Prior to World War II, no bilateral agreements between the two countries were signed, and diplomatic and consular representations did not exist.
Uruguay was among the countries that refused to recognise the Soviet occupation of the Baltic countries. Uruguay re-recognised Estonia’s independence on 28 August 1991. Estonia and Uruguay established diplomatic relations on 30.09.1992.
The first Uruguayan Ambassador to Estonia was Rodolfo Olavarria (presentation of credentials in January 1994, farewell visit in August 1996). From 1999-2002 Alfredo Cazes was the Ambassador of Uruguay to Estonia. Until July 2007 Nèstor Julio Moreira Morán, who presented his credentials on 14 September 2006, was the Uruguayan Ambassador. At the moment Urugay is represented by Chargé d'Affaires A. Garófali in Stockholm.
Uruguay’s Honorary Consul in Estonia is Viktor Mahhov. Estonia’s Honorary Consul in Uruguay is Ramiro Rodriguez Villamil.
Important visits and meetings
|1997||Environment Minister Villu Reiljan met with Uruguay’s Ambassador and representatives of the Ministry of Environment at the UN conference on sustainable development “Rio plus five” in New York.|
|1998||State Auditor Juhan Parts participated in the 16th conference of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) in Uruguay.|
|2000||Foreign Minister Toomas Hendrik Ilves visited Uruguay in the course of his Latin America tour.|
|2008||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Uruguayan Foreign Minister M G Fernandez|
The following draft agreements are being prepared between the two countries:
- Agreement on culture, education and science related co-operation
- Agreement in the field of tourism
In the course of Foreign Minister Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ visit, a declaration on co-operation between the Foreign Ministries was signed (7.11.2000).
Estonia’s trade balance with Uruguay has been negative from 1995-2005. In 2006 this negative trend turned into positive.
Estonian-Uruguayan Trade in 2004-2009 (thousands EUR):
In 2009 Estonia exported mainly mineral fuel and machinery and imported from Uruguay meat products.
There are no reciprocal investments.
In 2000, the following works of Uruguayan literature translated into Estonian: Juan Carlos Onetti’s novel "For a nameless tomb" (translation by R. Lias), Mario Benedetti’s poem "An eyeglass-losing person" (translation by J. Talvet), Mario Arregui’s narrative “My dead friends” (translation by Ü. Masing) and Emilio Oribe’s poem “Power of things” (translation by A. Kaalep).
The Estonian sailing yacht “Lennuk” visited the Punta del Este harbour during its trip around the world. It stopped there from 27-30 January 2000.
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