At their meeting in Jerusalem, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament) of Estonia Eiki Nestor and Speaker of the Knesset (Parliament) of Israel Yuli-Yoel Edelstein emphasised that the relations between the parliaments of the two countries had been positive and warm, and expressed the hope that the relations would be even closer in the future. The Speaker of the Knesset congratulated Estonia on its 100th anniversary and said that Israel would be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
“In the cyber sector, we and Israel think alike, our cyber security institutions communicate closely, and both countries have only to win from the cooperation,” Nestor said. Edelstein thinks that there is a great development potential in the relations between the two countries, especially in the e-government and cyber issues.
At their meeting in the Parliament of Israel, the two speakers also spoke about the situation in the Middle East. Nestor said that Estonia was closely following the events in Syria. Edelstein pointed out that nobody could predict the course of the conflict, and military activities in the region could continue for years. Israel has supported the war refugees of Syria financially and is also providing medical care on the northern border of the country. The Speaker of the Knesset added that resolution of the Gaza conflict was still open as well.
The President of the Riigikogu was accompanied at the meeting by Chairwoman of the Estonia-Israel Parliamentary Group Keit Pentus-Rosimannus.
Eiki Nestor’s visit is the first official visit of the President of the Riigikogu to Israel. In January last year, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein visited Estonia and the Riigikogu.
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