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President of the Republic discussed cooperation in the UN and the expansion of business opportunities with the Emir of Kuwait

President of the Republic discussed cooperation in the UN and the expansion of business opportunities with the Emir of Kuwait © Mattias Tammet/presidendi kantselei


President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a state visit in Kuwait, met today with the Emir of Kuwait, sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar Al-Sabah, to discuss both cooperation in the UN and the creation of new business opportunities for the enterprises of both countries.

“Small countries like Estonia and Kuwait have an important role to fulfil in the world – the maintenance of international law and agreements serves our interests, above all, as we will always be the ones to lose out should the power of the stronger apply,” said the President of the Republic at her meeting with the Emir. The heads of state discussed, in length, both the current security situation in the Middle East, the Gulf of Persia region, developments in Syria and cooperation in the UN, where Kuwait is about to conclude and Estonia commence their terms as non-permanent members.

The heads of state also discussed the topic of digitisation and cyber security. President Kaljulaid emphasised, in her positions, the need to focus more on cyber security issues in the UN Security Council and to keep moving towards a common understanding of the implementation of international law in the cyber sphere.

As the Head of State is accompanied by a representative business delegation, the meeting between the President of the Republic and the Emir largely focused on creating various opportunities for cooperation with Estonian companies. “Our enterprises have extensive experience and their willingness to contribute to the construction of a digital environment here was warmly received; however, we also discussed extending the cooperation to other Gulf Area countries or Africa in general. Both in the sphere of IT and more traditional sectors,” said the Head of State after the meeting.

The Estonian Head of State is on a state visit to Kuwait, accompanied by an official delegation that will include, among others, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, Enn Eesmaa, and the head of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Toomas Luman. Aside from the meeting with the Emir, there were also meetings with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and with the speaker of the Parliament.

A state visit is the highest and most official form of diplomatic relations between two countries. The Estonian Head of State usually makes two state visits a year and hosts as many. The last Estonian Head of State to pay a state visit to Kuwait was Lennart Meri in 1993.

The President of the Republic will return to Estonia on Wednesday night.

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