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The extraordinary sitting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) today focused on the situation in Iraq and the possibilities for relieving tensions in the region. The Committee was given an overview of Estonia’s positions for the upcoming extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels.

In the opinion of Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Enn Eesmaa, it is important to cool tensions in the Middle East and to prevent escalation of the conflict. He said that Estonia supported its ally, the United States of America, and followed developments in the region.

Eesmaa pointed out the need to observe and follow international law. “It is necessary to avoid the risk of interpreting and implementing international law selectively,” he added.

Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson also emphasised the importance of international law and the world order based on it. “The rules-based world order and adherence to international law can ensure stability in the Middle East,” Mihkelson said. “Estonia as a small country is interested that our own security would not be threatened through the erosion of international law.”

Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented to the Foreign Affairs Committee Estonia’s positions for the extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union, due to be held in Brussels on 10 January.

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Liisa Johanna Lukk
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