Foreign Minister Sven Mikser emphasised at today’s meeting with the Foreign Minister of Iceland Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson in Reykjavik that Estonia and Iceland are connected both by a historical special relationship as well as by current close regional cooperation and partnership in NATO.
Mikser and Thórdarson discussed cyber security and opportunities for cooperation in the area. According to Foreign Minister Thórdarson, Iceland is interested in the cyber security expertise of Estonia. “Cyber security is an important security issue for Estonia and we are happy to share our expertise with Iceland,” Mikser said. “Iceland is also welcome to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn,” he added.
According to Foreign Minister Mikser, Iceland is an important regional partner for Estonia and has similar views on issues of international policy. “We share the same values, regional and broader strategic interests, as well as challenges with other Nordic and Baltic countries,” Mikser noted. The Foreign Minister congratulated his Icelandic counterpart on the successful Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and invited him to Estonia.
The foreign ministers also talked about the forthcoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the future of Europe and Brexit. Foreign Minister Mikser stressed the importance of EU unity and preserving close cooperation with the UK.
In addition, the foreign ministers of Estonia and Iceland also discussed the importance of transatlantic cooperation.
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