On 10 December, the Estonian Ambassador to France Clyde Kull presented his credentials to the President of France Emmanuel Macron.
“France is our close partner in the European Union and NATO. In recent years, the defence and security cooperation as well as cyber cooperation between Estonia and France has intensified,” Ambassador Kull said.
During his discussion with Ambassador Kull, President Macron underscored that Estonia was a reliable partner, and reaffirmed excellent cooperation in the education, economic and digital sectors.
President Macron added that the issues of migration and terrorism could not be solved by military means alone; other solutions must be sought and Estonia was an important partner in this respect as well. Macron also highlighted the importance of Estonian forces participating in the France-led Operation Barkhane in Mali. “In turn, I thanked President Macron for France’s contribution to NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Estonia,” Ambassador Kull said.
The Ambassador and President Macron also discussed the Normandy summit held in Paris two days ago, and the hope that it would contribute to freeing occupied Ukrainian territories.
Clyde Kull was born in 1959 in Võru and graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He has worked in the Estonian foreign service since 1991. Between 1992 and 1996, he was the Estonian Ambassador to Belgium and Estonia’s Permanent Representative to NATO, between 1992 and 1997, Kull represented Estonia in the European Union in Brussels. In 1998 and 1999, Kull was the Undersecretary for Foreign Trade at the Foreign Minister. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the UN headquarters and other international organisations in Geneva, and from 2004 to 2008, he served as the Estonian Ambassador to Germany. Between 2008 and 2011, Kull was the Policy Director and Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry.
From 2012 to 2019, he was the Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union and Estonia’s representative at the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
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