This evening, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, along with the foreign ministers of Latvia and Lithuania, will meet with the new High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell. Tomorrow, the Foreign Minister will attend the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels that focuses on EU-Africa relations and the state of human rights in the world.
“At the meeting with the High Representative, I plan to discuss Estonia’s priorities in the UN Security Council and how our membership can help increase the influence of the European Union. Along with my Baltic colleagues, I will present our positions on Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, and important issues of the Eastern Partnership,” the Estonian Foreign Minister said. According to him, Josep Borrell is taking office at a crucial moment when, based on the input of all member states, he would need to ensure Europe’s key role in a geopolitically changing and tense world.
The discussion on Africa at tomorrow’s meeting will also have strategic importance for Estonia, Reinsalu said. “The deteriorating situation in the Sahel region as well as the potential effect of climate change further down the line increase the likelihood of increased migration pressure on the borders of the European Union. We can and must stop migration pressures more efficiently in cooperation with African states,” Reinsalu explained, adding that in the Security Council, the majority of work is related to security crises in Africa.
The foreign ministers will also discuss the state of human rights in the world, including recent worrying restrictions on the civil society in Russia. They will also touch upon current affairs, such as the Arctic, Moldova and Hong Kong.
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