Speeches

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence at the President’s Rose Garden in Kadriorg, 20 August 2016

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence at the President’s Rose Garden in Kadriorg, 20 August 2016

Hello, Estonia.


Today we mark a significant event: we have been free again for a quarter of a century. Free as a people and as a state.

When we look back at the Estonian people's past, we see a prevailing undercurrent in the promotion of our self-awareness and culture.

This is the concept of "we too".

That "we too" are equal subjects as a people, that our language and culture should have a place under the sun.

Or – like Kristjan Jaak Peterson asked two centuries ago:

Does not the language of this land
in the wind of song or
rising to the sky have a right
to search for an eternity for itself?

20.08.2016

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News

President Ilves expressed condolences to Italy following the devastating earthquake

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves sent a letter of condolences to the Head of State of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, in which he expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the victims of today's earthquake in Italy.

24.08.2016

 

Joint Declaration of the United States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the meeting of the Presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Raimonds Vejonis and Dalia Grybauskaitė with the Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden

On the occasion of Vice President Biden's visit to Latvia, we, the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, reaffirm our strategic alliance. Faced with an unpredictable security environment, we commit to deepening our cooperation and our efforts to ensure security and stability in the region, as part of NATO's approach to collective defense.

23.08.2016

 

President Ilves: Europe and the US remain firm allies

President Ilves: Europe and the US remain firm allies

"Europe and the United States are very close allies, our cooperation is unwavering and our security is inseparable," said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Rīga today, where the heads of state of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are meeting with American Vice-President Joseph Biden.

23.08.2016

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