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Liimets: Estonia and Spain share common values as partners in the European Union and allies in NATO

9. April 2021 - 17:10

Today 8 April, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets met with her Spanish counterpart Arancha González Laya who is on a visit to Tallinn. The ministers discussed the bilateral relations of Estonia and Spain, the COVID-19 situation, and current international and European Union issues.

The visit celebrates the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Spain.

Foreign Minister Liimets said the bilateral relations between Estonia and Spain were very good and strong. “I am glad that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, excellent cultural projects are taking place to celebrate the centenary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Spain – such as the exhibition of Estonian street photography in Madrid and the exhibition by Spanish artist Ignacio Zuloaga at the Mikkel Museum in Tallinn,” Liimets said.

The foreign ministers also spoke about advancing cooperation in international organisations. “Spain is an excellent partner for Estonia at the European Union and an important ally in NATO. I am grateful that Spain is making an important contribution to our region’s security by participating in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing. We, in turn, are actively contributing to stability in the South,” Liimets said.

The ministers discussed the future of NATO and transatlantic relations, and issues related to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as Latin America.

They also talked about the digital and green transitions that are crucial for the future of the European Union. Other topics included COVID-19 crisis coordination, the need to speed up vaccine deliveries and the prospects of restoring travel.

While in Estonia, the Spanish foreign minister is also meeting with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, President Kersti Kaljulaid and Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament.

Photos (Marko Mumm): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVcvhZb

Additional information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
press@mfa.ee

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