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Estonia Supports Iceland’s Accession to the European Union

04.06.2009

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Icelandic Foreign Minister Össur Skarphedinsson in Elsinore, Denmark on Thursday, 4 June.

During the meeting, the ministers discussed bilateral relations, Iceland’s possibility of joining the European Union, the global economic crisis, and co-operation in international organisations.

Paet and Skarphedinsson discussed Iceland’s potential accession to the European Union. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia welcomes the possibility of Iceland joining the European Union. “We have always supported the open-door policy for nations that are prepared to join. Iceland’s accession to the European Union is very important for Estonia, and we are prepared to support Iceland in any way we can in this endeavour,” said Paet.

In talking about Estonia-Iceland relations, the ministers agreed that relations are very good. Bilateral relations have developed successfully; currently the central focus is on development co-operation projects and joint activities in the field of education. “Estonian university students have shown great interest in studying the Icelandic language and culture at Reykjavik University,” Paet noted.

Estonia participated in the Iceland air policing mission for the first time in co-operation with Denmark in March. Foreign Minister Paet extended an invitation for his Icelandic colleague to visit Estonia.,


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