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Mikser: embassy in Abu Dhabi opens up new opportunities for Estonia in a strategic region

8. November 2018 - 13:11

Today, Estonian Government approved the proposal to open an embassy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

“Relations between Estonia and the United Arab Emirates are growing stronger and both countries are interested in developing them further,” Foreign Minister said. “In recent years, a number of visits at different levels have taken place, including visits to Estonia by the Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, as well as a business delegation led by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Both were important occasions regarding our economic interests,” Mikser added.

The Foreign Minister explained that opening the embassy in Abu Dhabi is important for Estonia’s relations with the United Arab Emirates as well as other Gulf states. “Opening the new embassy is a huge step and it will open up new opportunities for Estonia in this strategic region. Presence there will raise our awareness of the Gulf region and at the same time help introduce Estonia’s positions and topics important to us,” Mikser said.

“One of the main goals of opening the embassy is to foster economic relations with the United Arab Emirates and the region as whole. In cooperation with the representative trade office of Enterprise Estonia, the embassy has to offer support for Estonian companies trying to enter the market of the United Arab Emirates,” Mikser emphasised. He pointed out that the United Arab Emirates have been and will continue to be an economic link between Asia and Africa.

“Another important priority for the future embassy is to offer Estonian citizens services and consular assistance,” Mikser said. “We also plan to introduce Estonia as a tourist destination,” he added.

The Republic of Estonia and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations on 28 March 2006. Estonia is planning to open its new embassy in 2019. Funding for the opening of the embassy is foreseen under the state budget strategy for the years 2019–2022 approved by the government on 26 April 2018“.

Additional info:

Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
+372 56675362
press@mfa.ee

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