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President Kaljulaid in Washington: co-operation between America and Europe is not a one-way street

President Kaljulaid in Washington: co-operation between America and Europe is not a one-way street © Office of the President

14.03.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on a work visit to the United States of America, today gave a speech at the reputable Brookings Institution think tank where she emphasised that both America and Europe must stand up, together, for values that both societies are based upon.

“No one democracy is strong enough to face down the challenges of the 21st century alone. Freedom in retreat somewhere would make freedom less secure everywhere,” said the President of the Republic in her speech. She emphasised that if the world is re-shaped by those whose power is not kept in check by democratic institutions, then freedom will not be safe anywhere, anymore.

“That is what keeps motivating transatlantic unity across our Euro-Atlantic area. The role of the United States will remain critical for European defence, but this is not a one-way street, as I am equally convinced that a Europe whole and free, and in alignment with America, will remain critical for the security of the United States,” said the Head of State.

The President of the Republic is on a work visit to the United States of America where the Head of State will give a number of public presentations in Washington today and tomorrow and have several work-related meetings with members of Congress. After midnight Estonian time, she will meet with the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Full text of the speech given today is available here.