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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry today. Bilateral relations and ensuring of security in North Africa and the Middle East were discussed at the meeting.

“In many cases, your success is also our success,” Mihkelson said at the meeting, keeping in mind the security and stability of the region in a wider sense. Mihkelson believes that internally stable Egypt and its influence have an important role in finding solutions to the conflicts in the Arab world. Therefore it is essential that the Western countries paid more attention to relations with Egypt.

Speaking of tourism, both sides admitted that the number of tourists had been falling, but expressed hope that it would start increasing soon. Egypt continues to be an important destination for the Estonian tourists, although travelling to Egypt has decreased remarkably. Last year, 9216 people travelled to Egypt from Estonia, in comparison to around 100,000 in 2008.

Mihkelson added that there was still much to be done in the trade relations between the two countries to restore the level of 2010.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt assured at the meeting that the government of Egypt had a very serious attitude towards ensuring security in the region, and fought against terrorism in Egypt. He also agreed that the success of Egypt had a positive influence on the development of the region. According to the Minister, the political and economic reforms are a great challenge to the government of Egypt. He said that Egypt was very interested in Estonia’s experience in e-governance and the fight against corruption.

Photos of the meeting.

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