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President Kaljulaid discusses with US National Security Adviser cooperation between the two states

President Kaljulaid discusses with US National Security Adviser cooperation between the two states © The White House

05.03.2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on a working visit to the United States of America this week, met late last night at the White House with US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and discussed security-related cooperation between Estonia and the USA and the geopolitical context of the Three Seas Initiative.

“The Three Seas Initiative, with its summit scheduled for June in Tallinn, is becoming a crucial component of transatlantic cooperation, combining the economic and geopolitical dimensions,” said President Kaljulaid after the meeting. National Security Adviser O’Brien emphasised that the success of the upcoming summit in Tallinn is of key importance for the progress of the Three Seas Initiative. Both meeting participants stressed the importance of the US participating in the summit at the highest possible level.

Also discussed were wider security topics and both bilateral and NATO cooperation in this field as well as cyber-security issues that include aspects of the 5G network creation. Robert O’Brien thanked Estonia for its exemplary efforts aimed at developing the national defence capability.

The President of the Republic also met at the White House with President Trump’s Senior Adviser Jared Kushner. They discussed issues pertaining to the Three Seas Initiative, with Jared Kushner acknowledging Estonia’s aspirations and preparations for the summit.

Jared Kushner, whose responsibilities include supervision of the Middle East peace plan recently proposed by the USA, provided the President of the Republic with an overview of the current status of the plan and its possible future developments. President Kaljulaid stressed that Estonia supports achievement of a permanent solution in the course of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine with respect to the legitimate priorities of both parties.

President Kaljulaid also met with President Trump’s Adviser Ivanka Trump. That meeting focused primarily on topics of women’s empowerment and provision of technology education to girls. “Estonia has relevant experience and functioning models that we can share with America and the rest of the world. For instance, the Unicorn Squad movement offers girls technology education as a pursuit. We agreed that cooperation between our two countries in this area will be intensified,” noted President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

The President of the Republic is on a working visit to the United States of America this week. She was in Washington until Wednesday, meeting with a number of ministers and prominent representatives of the presidential administration and speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on digital and cyber-security topics. Today and tomorrow President Kaljulaid is in New York, where she is to have several meetings in connection with UN membership and the Three Seas Initiative. President Kaljulaid will return to Estonia on Saturday.

Background information: In just over three months, in June, Tallinn will host the Three Seas Initiative summit and business forum. This summit aims to foster a common understanding of the initiative’s goals and decide on subsequent actions. The Three Seas Initiative unites 12 EU member states situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas as well as the distinguished international business community. The goal of the initiative is to promote cooperation between the countries of the region primarily for development of the infrastructure in the sectors of energy production, transportation and digital services.

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