Today, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson is on a joint visit to Türkiye with the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of other Baltic States to discuss the security situation and strengthening of cooperation.
Mihkelson said that the main topics of the visit would be supporting Ukraine in Russia’s ongoing war of aggression, as well as Sweden’s NATO accession process. “I am very happy that the protocols of the North Atlantic Treaty on Sweden’s accession to NATO have reached the Türkiye’s Parliament for ratification. We hope that soon we will see Sweden as a full member of the Alliance,” he added.
The increasingly tense situation in the South Caucasus and the impact of the Israel-Hamas war on the security situation in the Middle East will also be discussed at the meetings.
Mihkelson underlined that the defence cooperation with Türkiye was also important for Estonia. “Türkiye is a very important partner and ally for us in NATO. The cooperation agreement of defence industries that was signed by our Ministers of Defence the week before last and the procurement contract for nearly 230 wheeled armoured vehicles, which directly contributes to Estonia’s security, are examples of our excellent relations,” he noted.
During the visit, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Baltic Parliaments will meet with Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye Fuat Oktay, Chairman of the National Defence Committee Hulusi Akar and Chairman of the Türkiye – European Union Joint Parliamentary Committee İsmail Emrah Karayel. They also plan to have meetings with the President’s Foreign Policy and Security Chief Advisor, former Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Türkiye’s Parliament Akif Çağatay Kiliç, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mehmet Kemal Bozay.
Besides Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima (Parliament) of Latvia Rihards Kols and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis participate in the visit.