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Australia opens first pop-up embassy in Tallinn
Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser attended the opening of Australia’s pop-up embassy* in Tallinn. Also present at the event were Australia’s Ambassador to Estonia Kerin Ann Burns Ayyalaraju and, via Skype, Foreign Minister of Australia Julie Bishop.
“Estonia and Australia are great friends and partners who share common values. I am very pleased that Australia has decided to open its first so-called pop-up embassy here in Tallinn,” Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said. “This step takes our already constructive cooperation to a new level. Estonia's innovation-friendly environment and development of e-governance definitely played a role in Australia's decision,” he added.
Mikser noted that the opening of the pop-up embassy is a new experience for both Estonia and Australia. “We will follow the work of the pop-up embassy in Tallinn with keen interest. I am convinced that such innovative approach will be successful and will increase Australia’s visibility in Estonia and the whole region,” Mikser said. He expressed hope that Australia’s positive example will encourage other countries to develop similar forms of cooperation in Estonia.
Foreign Minister of Australia Julie Bishop announced in her opening remarks that Australia has also decided to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence based in Tallinn. “We welcome Australia’s decision,” Mikser said and added that Estonia sees great potential for wider cooperation in the field of ICT.
* A pop-up embassy is the country’s legation where the ambassador is not working constantly, but visits occasionally, as the need arises.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs