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At their meeting today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor and Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin discussed the global refugee crisis and emphasised the importance of mutual understanding and solidarity in resolving it.

“The refugee crisis is a serious challenge to Europe, and naturally it is much spoken about also in Estonia. And the debates are sometimes rather heated,” Nestor said at the meeting with Cardinal Parolin. Both men admitted that mutual understanding and a sense of solidarity are necessary for tackling the refugee crisis.

The relations between Vatican and Estonia, and the security situation in the Baltic region were also discussed at the meeting. Nestor also spoke about Estonia’s activities in helping Ukraine and Moldova, and the preparations of the Republic of Estonia for its 100th anniversary. The President of the Riigikogu invited His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Estonia.

During his visit to Estonia, Cardinal Pietro Parolin will also meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand.

Photos of the meeting

Riigikogu Press Service
Urmas Seaver
Phone: +372 631 6352; +372 50 39 907
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