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President Kaljulaid met in Kadriorg with the Vice President of the United States of America

President Kaljulaid met in Kadriorg with the Vice President of the United States of America © Raigo Pajula

31.07.2017

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in Kadriorg with the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence, and then took part in a meeting of the presidents of the three Baltic states and the Vice President of the US to discuss security in the region and Trans-Atlantic co-operation.

At a round table on cyber and innovation issues, which took place in Kadriorg, the Estonian Head of State highlighted the fact that European and US citizens and enterprises have long occupied the digital sphere and that states should not be the last ones to reach it. "Nations face the challenge of making the lives of people smoother. For example, the identification of its citizens is one of the most important tasks of every state. All states issue passports on paper; however, only a limited number of countries offer safe digital identification opportunities. We must not leave our citizens alone in the digital sphere and must have the ability to ensure their security there," said the President of the Republic.

The security of the digital world largely comes down to cyber hygiene and, according to President Kaljulaid, in this regard we must focus on the awareness of people and opportunities for enhancement instead of complicated technical solutions.

The meeting of the presidents of the three Baltic states and Vice President Pence focused on Trans-Atlantic and security issues, as well as co-operation between the European Union and the USA. "The strengthening of Trans-Atlantic relations is one of Estonia's priorities during our Presidency of the European Union. Such co-operation is based on common values that we stand for on both sides of the Atlantic, in Tallinn and Washington – democracy and unconditional regard for the principles of a state based on the rule of law and human rights," said President Kaljulaid.

At the meeting, the heads of state also discussed the security situation in Europe in general. According to the President of the Republic, Estonia continues to develop its independent defence ability and to contribute to NATO with defence expenses and in the sphere of cyber security and fighting terrorism. "We are pleased that NATO has enhanced its collective deterrence and defence attitude in the Baltic region and the contribution of the USA to ensuring safety of this region is irreplaceable," stated the Estonian Head of State.

President Kaljulaid, President Vējonis, President Grybauskaitė and Vice President Pence will meet today with the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, General Riho Terras, and soldiers from both the Estonian Defence Forces and the NATO Combat group deployed in Estonia. This will be followed by a lunch of the three Baltic presidents in Kadriorg.

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