Estonian Ambassador to Iceland Presents Credentials


Estonian Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland Arti Hilpus presented his credentials to President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson in Reykjavik on Tuesday, 16 June. The ambassador permanently resides in Oslo.

In the discussion that took place following the credential-presenting ceremony, Ambassador Hilpus and President Grímsson discussed Iceland’s potential EU accession, Nordic-Baltic co-operation, and the current status of bilateral relations. Ambassador Hilpus passed along greetings from President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and recalled that Estonians remember vividly how Iceland actively supported Estonia’s re-independence and return to the family of democratic nations. Ambassador Hilpus stated that Estonia is now pleased to support Iceland’s efforts to join the European Union, if the Icelandic people decide to do so. “We are prepared to share our accession experiences,” he added. President Grímsson extended an invitation for President Ilves to make a state visit to Iceland.

They also talked about co-operation in supporting candidatures in international organisations. President Grímsson stated that these candidacies are very important for small nations, and for Iceland its recent candidature for the UN Security Council was a valuable experience. “It’s natural for the Nordic and Baltic nations, which possess a common regional identity, to co-operate in this area,” he said. Another topic addressed during their discussion was the further development of economic relations, for which there will hopefully be more opportunities when the aftermath of the financial crisis has subsided.

Iceland recognised Estonia on 22 August 1991 and diplomatic relations were established between the countries on 26 August 1991. Estonia has been represented in Iceland by Honorary Consul Jon Sigurdarson since 1998.

Ambassador Arti Hilpus was born in Elva in 1972, graduated from the history department of Tartu University and completed the international course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Since January of this year Hilpus has been the Estonian Ambassador to Norway. He has served as the director of the human resources department of the Foreign Ministry, the director of the division for European Union joint foreign and security policy, and before going to Norway Hilpus last held the position of the director of the security policy division in the first political department. Hilpus worked in the Estonian Embassy in Berlin as the first secretary for political affairs from 2001-2004.

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