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The Foreign Ministers of Estonia and Finland are visiting Australia and New Zealand along with entrepreneurs

From February 29 to 4 March, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand will be visiting Australia and New Zealand along with Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini. The foreign ministers will meet with the leaders of both countries, Estonia will open an embassy in Canberra and joint business seminars will be held in Canberra, Sydney and Auckland.

According to Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, Australia and New Zealand are similar to Estonia and Finland in terms of foreign policy and there is interest in intensifying political cooperation and economic relations with them. “We will discuss bilateral relations, as well as Australia’s and New Zealand’s relations with the European Union.

Both countries are also important partners for NATO and contribute to the fight against international terrorism. We have a similar understanding of both global and regional security issues, including for example the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” the Foreign Minister said, noting that at the meetings with counterparts from both countries they plan to further discuss cooperation regarding solving security issues.

Kaljurand believes the visit will help to strengthen the image of both Estonia and Finland as innovative Baltic Sea-side European Union countries with open economies and support the promotion of business cooperation. “Our business connections with both countries have increased, our communities have grown. We are all connected by openness to innovative solutions, and we want to share and exchange these experiences and support business opportunities for entrepreneurs,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand said.

From February 29 to March 2, the Estonian and Finnish Foreign Ministers will be on a joint visit to Canberra and Sydney, Australia.

On February 29, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand will meet with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and open the Estonian Embassy in Canberra.

The Foreign Ministers of Estonia and Finland will open a joint innovation forum with Australian Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, meet with Australian Minister for Trade Steven Ciobo and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Tanya Pliebersek.

Foreign Minister Kaljurand also has a meeting scheduled with Australia’s Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor and will visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra. Kaljurand will also meet with the Chairman of the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, Teresa Gambaro and ambassadors of Pacific Ocean island states.

On March 1 and 2, the Estonian and Finnish Foreign Ministers will be in Sydney. The foreign ministers will jointly open the Estonia, Finland and New South Wales business forum and meet the Governor of New South Wales David Hurley and State Minister for Innovation Victor Dominello.

In Sydney, Kaljurand will also meet with representatives of the European Australian Business Council and will visit the Sydney Estonian House to meet with local Estonians.

From Sydney, the Estonian and Finnish Foreign Ministers will travel on to New Zealand, where they will be in Auckland on March 3 and 4. The foreign ministers will meet with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Trade Minister Todd McClay and Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce. The foreign ministers will open a joint innovation forum in Auckland.

Kaljurand will also speak at the University of Auckland, focusing on the role of national cybersecurity in foreign and defense policy.

The Foreign Ministers of Estonia and Finland are being accompanied by member of the Estonian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and the Estonia-Australia and New Zealand parliamentary group Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and a 25-member Estonian and Finnish business delegation.

The Estonian business delegation includes representatives of Albit Partners Ltd, Erply Australia, GuardTime AS, North Sea Lubricants Australia Ltd., Tavex Group, TiptTipTap Ltd, Enterprise Estonia and the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Please read for more information about Estonia: http://vm.ee/en/taxonomy/term/35

{Source: Republic of Estonia – Department of Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs}

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