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At the meetings of the President of the Riigikogu, Eiki Nestor, and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Jordan's House of Representatives, the participants talked about the bilateral relations between Estonia and Jordan, eGovernment solutions and tackling the refugee crisis.

Mr. Nestor stressed the importance of parliamentary diplomacy in relations between the two countries and expressed his hope that the relationship between Estonia and Jordan would continue to strengthen and grow.

The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, and their Jordanian counterparts discussed in detail the political instability in the countries of the region and the resulting refugee crisis.

The members of the Jordanian delegation emphasized that Jordan’s government is making efforts to maintain stability in the country. They also emphasized further that Jordan is a friendly nation whose only enemies are terrorism and groups “who let guns do the talking” instead of negotiating.

When talking about the migration crisis, the Jordanian parliamentary members said that Jordan, with its population of 7 million, has already received 2 million refugees and is doing its best. At the same time, they acknowledged that there were difficulties with supporting all of the refugees and expressed hope that Europe and other countries would give a helping hand to Jordan.

According to Sven Mikser, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, it is obvious that the refugee crisis is putting disproportionate pressures on Jordan’s internal security and economy. “Estonia is in agreement that any crisis can be addressed most successfully on the ground and, therefore, Estonia will contribute, both directly and through various international organisations, to solving the refugee crisis in Jordan,” said Mikser.

According to Mikser, it is regrettable that Europe has only just realised the severity of the refugee crisis. He expressed hope that we would see normality restored in the countries suffering from the crisis and that people could return to their respective homelands.

According to Henn Põlluaas, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the international community should share the burden of the refugee crisis. He also agreed that fleeing is not a solution – the crises must be ended so that people may return home.

The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Jordan’s House of Representatives, Bassam Alkhaleefah, said that his country wished to further develop cooperation with Estonia, similarly to that in the oil shale industry. This visit also focused on Estonia’s eGovernment solutions.

Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, saw sharing Estonia’s experience with eGovernment, eServices and the law making in this area, as a possible point of continuous parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. According to Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Estonia has had good experience with developing legislation and that the already established rules support the development and dissemination of eServices.

Photos from the meeting.

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