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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar, who is on a visit to Germany, opened the Honorary Consulate of Estonia in Munich today.

Hussar said at the opening of the honorary consulate that the honorary consuls were important members of the Estonian diplomatic family and valuable partners in promoting Estonia across the world. “The contribution of honorary consuls in supporting the citizens of Estonia abroad, in introducing our culture and in implementing business diplomacy is also remarkable,” he added.

Hussar noted that the round table held at the Bavarian Industry Association today had shown that developing of mutual business relations had a great potential. “I hope that the interest will continue to grow and that soon new contacts will be established between the Bavarian and Estonian businesses,” he said, and expressed confidence that the opening of the Honorary Consulate would contribute to strengthening relations.

Andreas Obereder is the Honorary Consul of Estonia in Munich. Estonia also has an honorary consul on Bonn, Kiel, Schwerin, Bremen, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Heidelberg.

Today, Hussar also meet with President of the Bavarian State Parliament Ilse Aigner and Bavarian State Minister for European and International Affairs Eric Beißwenger. Yesterday, he participated in the seminar for honorary consuls in Berlin and gave a speech at the reception celebrating the 106th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. He also had meetings with President of the Bundestag Bärbel Bas and President of the Bundesrat Manuela Schwesig, with whom further support to Ukraine was discussed as a key issue.

Hussar underlined at the meetings that Ukraine was fighting for the values of the whole democratic world, and therefore it was necessary to continue supporting Ukraine in every way, especially by providing military assistance. In his opinion, Ukraine must already now also be helped to rebuild the country. “At the same time, we must continue to put pressure on Russia: we must use Russia’s frozen assets to compensate the damages in Ukraine, continue to impose sanctions and bring the perpetrators of crimes committed in Ukraine, including the crime of aggression, before the Special Tribunal,” he said.

It was also pointed out at the meetings that it was necessary to strengthen Europe’s defence through increasing defence spending and raising the production capacity of defence industry.

The President of the Riigikogu is accompanied on the visit by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson and Chairman of the Estonia-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group Andres Sutt.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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