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Mikser to Italian Foreign Minister: finding a solution to the migration crisis is a challenge for Europe as a whole

4. July 2018 - 17:26

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met with Foreign Minister of Italy Enzo Moavero Milanesi. Mikser affirmed that finding a solution to the migration crisis is a challenge for Europe as a whole and that the topic must remain on top of the EU’s agenda.

Mikser said that relations between Estonia and Italy are good and the two countries cooperate very well. “Estonia has contributed to the resettlement of refugees, but we must continue to look for a long-term solution,” Mikser noted. “Closing Europe’s internal borders is not a solution. We must continue to address the root causes of migration to improve the situation in countries of origin and stop the flow of migrants,” Mikser added.

“Italy’s contribution to the Baltic air policing mission and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is very important and Italy is Estonia's partner in guaranteeing security in the region,“ Mikser affirmed. He added that cooperation between the two countries should continue to reflect the unity and solidarity of NATO and the EU.

In addition to bilateral relations, the foreign ministers discussed the EU’s new multiannual financial framework and the upcoming NATO Summit.

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More information:
Sten Otsmaa
Media Adviser
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
E-mail: sten-arne.otsmaa@mfa.ee
Telephone: +372 5326 7157

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