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The meeting of Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson and Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Hannes Hanso with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini focused on preparations for the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, and current international issues.

High Representative Federica Mogherini, who is visiting Estonia, told about her meeting with the representatives of the administration and the Congress of the United States. It was admitted that there were several spheres in the relations between the EU and the USA where close cooperation was necessary, considering the international situation.

In connection with his coming visit to China, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Mihkelson raised the question of relations between the EU and China. On the basis of her recent visit to China, the High Representative said that China was open for cooperation, from trade to security issues.

North and South Korea, Ukraine and Russia were also spoken about at the meeting. Cyber security, which is dealt with jointly by the EU, was touched upon as well.

Keeping in mind the coming Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, the preparations for the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, which will be organised by the Riigikogu, were also spoken about. The Conference will be held in Tallinn in September, and Mogherini will attend it.

At the end of the meeting Mogherini emphasised that with such strong public support to the EU like in Estonia, it would be very good to enter the Presidency of the EU Council. She expressed conviction that Estonia would do a great job of the Presidency.

Video summary: https://youtu.be/jfXxrk9QS1k

Photos of the meeting.

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