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20th Anniversary of Re-Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Celebrated in Oslo

09.06.2011

Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrated the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of their diplomatic relations in the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis, and Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Egidijus Meilunas participated in the event.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Støre stated that to Norway the re-establishment of diplomatic ties with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was not the start of a new sentence in mutual relations, but rather the continuation of an interrupted sentence. Støre emphasised that Norway has a lot to learn from Estonia. “Estonia is the most integrated country in Northern Europe and in many ways it sets an example for Norway,” he noted.

Estonian Foreign Minister Paet said that Estonia has once again secured its position in Europe. “Our neighbours, the Nordic countries, played a very important role in this,” he added.

The Estonian and Norwegian foreign ministers agreed that Nordic-Baltic co-operation holds tremendous potential. “This partnership between like-minded nations is fairly unique in the world. Our partnership includes many areas of co-operation that benefit not only the countries along the Baltic Sea, but also many others,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

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