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Speaking at the reception held yesterday in honour of the National Day of Taiwan, Chairman of the Estonia-Taiwan Friendship Group of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Kristo Enn Vaga said that Estonia had much to gain from cooperation with Taiwan.

“As a state, we should look for foreign policy allies mainly from among the countries that share similar values with us. Taiwan is a society that believes in democracy and the rule of law, like Estonia,” Chairman of the Friendship Group Kristo Enn Vaga said.

Vaga pointed out that although Taiwan was a de facto independent country, most of other countries did not recognise it as an equal partner. “While all countries recognise Taiwan’s passport as a valid travel document of citizen of an independent country, the doors of the UN and many other intergovernmental organisations are closed to Taiwan,” Vaga noted. In his opinion, Estonia should help Taiwan in opening the door to UN membership, and also work to open the Taipei Representative Office in Estonia to develop economic relations.

The event was organised by the Taipei Representative Office in Latvia.

The Estonia-Taiwan Friendship Group of the Riigikogu has 16 members from all political parties represented in the Parliament. Parliamentary friendship groups help the members of the Riigikogu communicate with other national parliaments more effectively, implement foreign policy, and promote Estonia around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Kristo Enn Vaga
+372 5626 7733
[email protected]

 

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