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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson is on a visit to the United States this week He plans to attend the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Transatlantic Forum and meet with the leading members of the US Congress.

Today and tomorrow Mihkelson participates in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Parliamentary Transatlantic Forum in Washington, DC, where the political changes in the United States and the European Union and the problems in the Middle East are discussed.

Mihkelson as the Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation of the Defence and Security Committee of NATO Parliamentary Assembly will focus on strengthening the cooperation between Europe and the United States. In his opinion, the continuation and strengthening of Transatlantic cooperation is especially important now, when a new administration starts its work in the USA.

“The role of the United States as the leader of the free world is irrefutable, especially now, when the best solutions for keeping peace and stability have to be found together with the European allies in a chain of international challenges that are growing more and more complicated,” Mihkelson said.

Transatlantic relations after the Warsaw Summit and presidential elections in America will be discussed at the meeting in Washington, DC. Relations with the EU institutions during the new administration of the US and the challenges to be faced in relations with Russia will also be spoken about.

Besides that, instability in the Middle East and tackling the new threats of terrorism will be talked about at the forum.

From Tuesday to Thursday, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee will have meetings with the leading members of the US Senate and the House of Representatives John McCain, Mitch McConnel, Bob Corker, Ed Royce and others. Impact of the US presidential elections on bilateral relations will be spoken about during these meetings.

Riigikogu Press Service
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