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Mikser proposes that freed maritime security personnel be exempted from repaying financial aid

6. December 2017 - 11:26

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has said he is “overjoyed” that the Estonian maritime security personnel held in India are on their way home. “This is great news for all of us and the most important thing is that the ship guards will arrive home to their loved ones safely,” Mikser said.

“I will make a proposal to the government to exempt ship guards from the obligation to repay any financial support received from the state,” said Mikser. "The ship guards and their families have been in a very difficult situation in the past four years. We don’t want to create additional problems for them."

Mikser also recognised the Estonian diplomats who helped to solve the case. “I am very proud of the Foreign Ministry officials who worked hard so that the ship guards could return home. We are particularly grateful to Undersecretary Annely Kolk, Consul Mats Kuuskemaa, Ambassador Riho Kruuv, the whole Estonian Embassy in New Delhi and the Foreign Ministry’s consular department."

Mikser added that solution to the case will definitely have a positive impact on Estonia-India relations.

More information:

Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser
Tel: +372 637 7628


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