Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson is in London, where he participates in the joint visit of the chairpersons of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of the three Baltic States, and attends the concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and the seminar at Wilton Park.
“The 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia has a very meaningful place in our bilateral relations with Great Britain. Therefore it is important to constantly extend the basis and the common ground of our relations,” Mihkelson said. “For Estonia, the key issues are the commitment of the Brits to strengthening of our security, and the openness of borders and promotion of economic relations regardless of the complexities of Brexit.”
Today Mihkelson will meet with Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons Tom Tugendhat and Chairman of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee of the House of Commons Hilary Benn. He will also have meetings with Chairman of the Defence Select Committee of the House of Commons Julian Lewis and Chairman of Estonia All-Party Parliamentary Group Gordon Marsden.
Besides the chairpersons of the Foreign Affairs Committees, the chairpersons of the parliamentary friendship groups also participate in the visit. From Estonia, the Chairperson of Estonia-United Kingdom Parliamentary Group Yoko Alender is a member of the delegation.
The seminar at Wilton Park is dedicated to the future of the UK’s relations with the EU. Mihkelson will deliver a report on the relationships of foreign and security policy.
Yesterday Mihkelson attended the concert of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the Barbican Centre. The concert marked the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
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