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President Kaljulaid launched a work visit to Australia

20.10.2018

President Kaljulaid today began a work visit to Australia and Oceania, which is aimed at gaining support for Estonia’s candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The work visit will end on 2 November in New York where the Head of State will meet with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.

According to the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Head of State, Lauri Kuusing, it is important to understand the events in various regions of the world when running for the Security Council and to enhance relations with areas where the relations have not been as intense. “The voting of the members of the Security Council is unique in a certain sense, as every country, regardless of its size and location, has one vote,” explained Kuusing. Estonia is applying for the position of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2020-2021 and is competing for it with Romania. Voting will take place next summer.

During her work visit to Australia, President Kaljulaid will meet with Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove and the local Estonian population and she will take part in the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. Veterans of the Estonian Defence Forces who have been injured in action will also take part in the games. On 22 October, President Kaljulaid will travel on a work visit to Vanuatu to meet with President Tallis Obed Moses, and to Fiji, where she will meet with her colleague, President Jioji Konousi Konrote.

On 25 October, President Kaljulaid will start a work visit to New Zealand, where she will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, as well as the diplomatic representations of various Pacific Ocean isles.

From there President Kaljulaid will embark on a visit to the United States of America where she will give a presentation in Detroit at a summit of mayors of the world, City Lab, and meet with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres. The work visit will end on 2 November.

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