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At the meeting with the Speaker of the lower house of the Parliament of Ireland Seán Ó Fearghaíl, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor emphasised that, like Ireland, Estonia also wished to have as close future relations as possible with the United Kingdom, who was leaving the European Union, because the continuation of close cooperation is important to both small countries.

“For small countries like Ireland and Estonia, partnership and cooperation in the European Union are very important, as well as close contacts with the United Kingdom, who is about to leave the Union,” Nestor said. The Speakers of two parliaments admitted that the support of the people of their countries for belonging to the EU was high. Today, 93 percent of the population of Ireland and 79 percent of the population of Estonia support the European Union membership.

Nestor expressed the hope that the border issue of Ireland and the United Kingdom would get a constructive solution. 

Nestor and Ó Fearghaíl underlined the mutual friendly and close relations between Estonia and Ireland.

Nestor told his colleague about the political situation in Estonia, the principles of digital government and the work of the Riigikogu. He pointed out that the foreign and security policy of Estonia were based on consensus.

Stability of the European Union, Eastern Partnership and relations with Russia were also discussed. Member of the Riigikogu Monika Haukanõmm attended the meeting.

The impact of Brexit on Ireland and the European Union was also spoken about at the meeting of Ó Fearghaíl with Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson. Besides that, the foreign policy situation in the Middle East, security and defence policy issues and preventing of the illegal immigration from North Africa were discussed.

Photos of the meetings

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