On 28 August, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is visiting Estonia. They discussed bilateral relations, opportunities for economic cooperation, security cooperation and relations between the European Union and Turkey.
„Turkey is our important partner in security policy issues, both bilaterally and in NATO,“ Foreign Minister Reinsalu said, highlighting Turkey’s membership in NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, located in Estonia, and contribution to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing in the past. „As we are both NATO border countries, close relations are especially important, since we can help each other understand our respective neighbourhoods and regions,“ Reinsalu added.
In addition, the foreign ministers exchanged viewpoints on the situations in Ukraine, Russia and the Eastern Mediterranean, and discussed Turkey’s efforts towards accession to the European Union and Estonia’s upcoming non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
During the visit, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also met with Estonian Prime Minister Mr. Jüri Ratas. The meeting focused on relations between two countries. According to Estonian Prime Minister, the cornerstone of Estonia`s and Turkish relations is enhancing economical cooperation, Turkish investmnets in Estonia are very much welcomed. Tourism is evergrowing, as well as cooperation between enterprises. The Ministers also discussed security cooperation within NATO and relations between European Union and Turkey.