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Estonian Ambassador to Norway Presents Credentials

22.01.2009

Estonian Ambassador to Norway Arti Hilpus presented his credentials to King of Norway Harald V on Thursday, 22 January.

In the conversation following the credential-presenting ceremony, King Harald V and Ambassador Arti Hilpus primarily discussed bilateral relations, both declaring that relations are very good as always. Ambassador Hilpus expressed his satisfaction over how well Nordic-Baltic co-operation functions. “It is a flexible and practical co-operation network, within the framework of which representatives from Estonia and Norway meet frequently,” said Hilpus. The ambassador also noted that alongside regional co-operation, Estonia and Norway should try to intensify direct contacts, which would be supported by new reciprocal visits being made.

Harald V recalled the state visit he once made to Estonia with fond words and inquired about recent developments in Estonia and Estonia’s neighbourhood. He was also interested to hear about Estonia’s experiences thus far as a European Union and NATO member state. “Estonia’s membership in the European Union and NATO has increased Estonia’s feeling of security, and has in a short amount of time become a very natural thing for Estonians,” said Ambassador Hilpus. He also acknowledged that Estonia and Norway’s bond as NATO members offers good opportunities for further co-operation between the two countries.

Harald V noted that the Nordic Security measures are an important topic for Norway which may also be of interest to Estonia. The two also discussed the international financial crisis and exchanged ideas about how Estonia and Norway could better come to terms with the situation.

Ambassador Arti Hilpus resides in Oslo. Hilpus has also been named the Estonian ambassador to Iceland.

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. From 1995-1996, Arti Hilpus worked as an advisor to the co-ordination director of the State Chancellery, after which he served as the director of the human resources department of the Foreign Ministry. From 1999-2000 and 2005-2006, Hilpus was the director of the division for European Union joint foreign and security policy at the Foreign Ministry. Hilpus worked in the Estonian Embassy in Berlin as the first secretary for political affairs from 2001-2004. Before going to Norway, Hilpus last held the position of the director of the security policy division in the first political department.

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