On Friday 20 November, Paul Teesalu, Estonia’s new ambassador to the Republic of San Marino, presented his credentials to Alessandro Cardelli and Mirko Dolcini, the Captains Regent of San Marino. Ambassador Teesalu resides in Rome.
In a conversation following the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Teesalu spoke about the bilateral relations of Estonia and San Marino, boosting economic and cultural ties and the need to cooperate on combatting the coronavirus.
“Estonia and San Marino are active members of the international community,” Ambassador Teesalu said. “We would like to enhance cooperation in the UN, the Council of Europe and other international organisations where we are both members,” he added.
Estonia established diplomatic relations with San Marino on 9 July 2003. San Marino is the oldest extant republic in the world, and the tradition of captain regents elected every six months dates back to the 13th century.
Before his appointment, Paul Teesalu was the undersecretary for political affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From September this year, he has been the Estonian ambassador to Italy. Between 2010 and 2014, he was the Estonian ambassador to Egypt, from 2011 to 2014 the Estonian ambassador to the Arab League and between 2013 and 2015, he was Estonia’s first ambassador to the African Union. From 2018 until his arrival in Italy, he served as Estonia’s ambassador to the Holy See, residing in Tallinn. He has previously worked as the policy director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in Estonia’s missions to NATO and the OSCE.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia