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President Kaljulaid discussed security issues with King of the Belgians, Philippe I


Today at noon in Kadriorg, President Kersti Kaljulaid received King Philippe I, who is currently on a work visit to Estonia. Security issues were the main focus of the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, President Kaljulaid thanked the King of the Belgians for his country’s contribution to NATO for the purpose of ensuring common security. Since January, approximately 300 Belgic troops have served at Tapa in the NATO Battle Group, led by the United Kingdom. Belgium has repeatedly contributed to the Baltic Air security mission, having been the first country in 2004 to deploy its fighter planes in Estonia.

The heads of state exchanged ideas on the subject of the security situation both within our region and in general. “Although immediate threats to some NATO Member States are minimum, it serves the interests of all to show the world that NATO is uniform and will defend its security together. The allied troops serving in Tapa, other Baltic states and Poland convey a signal of this unity,” said President Kaljulaid at the meeting.

Issues related to cyber security and hybrid threats were also discussed, together with the challenges that countries face on the eve of elections to the European Parliament.

The King of the Belgians, is today on a work visit to Estonia. Apart from meeting with the President of the Republic, the King will also pay a visit to the e-Estonia Briefing Centre and the Belgian troops serving at Tapa. The King of the Belgians is accompanied during the visit by Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Didier Reynders.