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President Kaljulaid meets with Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada

 President Kaljulaid meets with Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada © Mattias Tammet/Office of the President


Governor General of Canada Julie Payette began her Estonian visit at Kadriorg this morning, meeting President Kersti Kaljulaid.

"Our two states might seem far apart or relatively different, but in reality, we do have significant common ground," President Kaljulaid said after the meeting. "Today, around 25,000 people of Estonian descent live in Canada. This is one of the largest communities outside Estonia. They are part of the multicultural Canadian society, but in a way, they also belong in Estonia. This creates a special bond between our peoples." The heads of state also discussed security and climate policy as well as digital cooperation. The president thanked Canada for its contribution to the NATO battle group in Latvia, helping to secure the entire region.

"We also have a similar understanding of the challenges we face on this planet – combating climate change and ensuring peace and security," she stressed. "We are firm supporters and promoters of democracy and the rule of law. We both value a principle-based multi-polar world order where agreements are respected and international law is followed."

Additionally, today President Kaljulaid and Governor General Payette participated in the fifth-grade programming class at Tallinna Reaalkool. The school held a discussion forum for heads of state, members of the space schools network and students in the space programme at the Tallinn University of Technology.

The Governor General of Canada Julie Payette is on a two-day visit to Estonia. This is Canada´s first official high-level visit to the Republic of Estonia.

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