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Foreign minister discussed regional cooperation with the speaker of the Swedish Parliament
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Andreas Norlén and discussed bilateral relations as well as regional cooperation.
Reinsalu thanked Norlén for the founding of the Swedish-Estonian Cooperation Fund where Estonia contributed €150 000 in 2019, and affirmed that Estonia saw great potential in the fund. According to Reinsalu, economic ties with Sweden were very close, however, they can be boosted further, including through digital cooperation. “We welcome Sweden to join the users of X-Road in order to develop cross-border data exchange,” he noted.
Reinsalu presented Estonia’s priorities as the coordinator of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) to Norlén and underscored the importance of the region for Estonia. They also discussed the Arctic Council, where Sweden is a member and Estonia is preparing to apply for observer status.
“We support the position that the Arctic must remain a region of low tensions. As a country close to the Arctic, it is Estonia’s interest and responsibility to ensure the sustainability of the Arctic,” he said. According to Reinsalu, Estonian polar researchers have been studying the Arctic for years, and therefore, Estonian researchers could directly contribute to the working groups of the Arctic Council.
Reinsalu also extended his condolences to Norlén in connection with the death of 17 Swedish residents in the 8 January plane crash in Iran, and asked about developments in investigating the crash. Sweden is cooperating with Canada, Ukraine, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, as well as Iran in handling the aftermath of the plane crash.
The meeting also briefly touched upon the budget of the European Union and the EU’s relations with China.
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Today 19 February, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, the Foreign Minister of Iceland, in Tallinn to discuss topics related to the Arctic and Nordic-Baltic cooperation.
The Foreign Ministry announced a call for proposals for funding development cooperation projects in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Afghanistan. The volume of the call for proposals is €1 220 000.
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