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President Kaljulaid in Poland: Estonia is ready for her UN Security Council membership duties

President Kaljulaid in Poland: Estonia is ready for her UN Security Council membership duties © Office of the President

12.12.2019

“Estonia is ready to assume her United Nations Security Council membership duties and responsibility in January, continuing Poland’s stance on strong EU presence on the council,” said president Kersti Kaljulaid at today’s Leader Forum in Warsaw that focused on discussing Polish and Estonian UN Security Council membership goals. Polish President Andrzej Duda handed over the UN flag to his Estonian colleague at the forum as a symbol of inclusion in the group of the Eastern European on the UN Security Council.

“The United Nations Security Council plays a vital role in resolution of conflicts occurring across the world and Estonia wishes to make a contribution to global security. We intend to pay more attention to security threats derived from climate change and issues of cybersecurity,” said the President of the Republic.

Estonia also plans to continue Poland’s efforts of maintaining international interest in situations in Ukraine and Georgia, added president Kaljulaid. Poland was elected member of the UN Security Council in 2018 and 2019, while Estonia will commence its two-year membership on 1 January 2020.

During their meeting the two heads of state discussed the bilateral relations between Estonia and Poland, our cooperation in international organisations, issues of regional security and the European Union’s Eastern Partnership policy. The 100th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Estonia will arrive soon. According to the President of the Republic, Estonia and Poland enjoy excellent cooperation in international organisations that include NATO. Estonia is pleased that in January the Polish Air Force will use the Ämari Airbase for the first time.

President Kaljulaid noted that Poland is Estonia’s most important and largest foreign trade partner in Central Europe and Estonian companies are becoming increasingly attracted to the Polish market, with startup companies displaying especially promising cooperation potential.

In the afternoon president Kaljulaid will speak at the Polish Institute of International Affairs about the Three Seas Initiative and preparations for the summit in Tallinn in June 2020. The Three Seas Initiative unites 12 EU member-states situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas, with the European Union, Germany and the United States of America participating as partners. The initiative aims to promote dialogue and economic cooperation for development of the region’s infrastructure in the spheres of energy production, transportation and digital services.

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