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Today, at the sitting starting at 10 a.m., the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will discuss foreign policy as a matter of significant national importance. Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Enn Eesmaa will make reports.

In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu will discuss Estonia’s foreign policy success, and the importance of international and regional cooperation. The minister will speak of Estonia’s recently attained membership in the UN Security Council, and Estonia’s presidency in the Baltic Council of Ministers and in the Nordic-Baltic cooperation format NB8. He will also speak of NATO and EU cooperation, the Eastern Partnership, Estonia’s contribution to development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and Estonia’s objectives and positions in the European Union and in relationships with Great Britain.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee will highlight the global foreign policy developments and will give an overview of the activities of the committee. According to Eesmaa, over the last couple of years, Estonia has risen to a high foreign policy orbit, which is testified by Estonia’s participation in regional partnership processes and initiatives as well as in the work of the UN Security Council.

The chairman of the committee will also discuss the importance of international diplomacy and foreign service, the development of the Eastern Partnership and transatlantic relations, the preparation of the document “Estonian Foreign Policy Development Plan 2030”, Estonia’s cooperation with the United Kingdom, and the statement of the Riigikogu calling on the Government to support the preservation of authentic historical memory.

The reports will be followed by questions to the speakers and comments from factions.

The foreign policy debate will be the first item on the agenda for the sitting. The sitting will be broadcast live on the Riigikogu website.

Riigikogu Press Service
Liisa Johanna Lukk
Phone: +372 631 6456, +372 5331 0789
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