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Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus to Steinmeier: In Estonia we very highly appreciate Germany’s contribution to strengthening security

17.04.2015

At today’s meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus discussed Estonia’s and Germany’ bilateral relations, regional cooperation, the security situation in Europe and current issues in the European Union. The foreign ministers agreed that Estonia and Germany are close partners, who are bound by long-standing and extensive cooperation. “Our cooperation functions well in both the European Union and in NATO and we enjoy close ties in the areas of economy, defence and culture. Today's meeting reaffirmed our common wish and strong commitment to continue the successful cooperation so far,” the Foreign Minister said.

On the topic of bilateral relations, Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus and German Foreign Minister Steinmeier discussed the economy and culture, and also spoke of cooperative projects in the area of defence. Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus acknowledged her colleague for Germany’s significant contribution to Baltic air policing and also highlighted Germany’s active participation in the Baltic Defence College and NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre.

In addition, the Estonian and German Foreign Ministers discussed ways of strengthening cooperation in the areas of media, strategic communication and education. In today's joint statement, the foreign ministers underscored a number of collaborative projects, which they would like to help implement in the near future. “We consider it important to foster cooperation between civil society organizations, support high-quality language instruction and also to support a variety of youth exchange- and educational programs,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs said, highlighting the planned cooperative project between Estonian National Broadcasting and Deutsche Welle.

When discussing the Ukraine crisis, the Estonian and German Foreign Ministers agreed that adhering to the Minsk Agreements and both sides’ complying with the obligations arising therefrom, are of utmost importance. “Russia must also actively demonstrate its contribution, pull back its weapons and allow observers of the OSCE special mission to monitor the situation,” Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said. The Estonian Foreign Minister also praised her German counterpart's efforts to find a political solution to the crisis within the framework of the Normandy format.

At their meeting, the foreign ministers also spoke about the Eastern Partnership and the European Union’s financial and economic issues.

The German Foreign Minister is on a working visit to Tallinn today and will also meet with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas. From Tallinn, Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel on to Riga.

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