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Estonia Ambassador to Armenia Presents Credentials

13.12.2012

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On Tuesday, 11 December, Estonia’s new ambassador to Armenia Priit Turk presented his credentials to Armenian President Serzh Sargsian. Ambassador Turk resides in Tbilisi.

In the conversation that followed the presenting of credentials, Ambassador Priit Turk and President Serzh Sargsian addressed Estonia-Armenia bilateral relations.

Ambassador Turk confirmed that Estonia is interested in developing bilateral co-operation with Armenia. “For example, we could intensify economic contacts with Armenia. But co-operation between state institutions, especially the parliaments and ministries, could also be closer,” he said.

The Estonian ambassador also expressed satisfaction over the fact that as of 10 January next year, Estonian citizens will be able to travel to Armenia visa-free. “The visa waiver will definitely help to intensify Estonia-Armenia relations and contacts between people,” he noted.

In talking about Armenia’s progress towards the European Union, Ambassador Turk confirmed that Estonia recognises Armenia’s reform endeavours. “Especially within the past year, Armenia has shown a strong desire to move closer to the EU. This is demonstrated by the rapid progress being made in negotiations for an EU Association Agreement. We also believe it is important that we move towards visa facilitation with Armenia, one of our EU Eastern Partners,” he said. The ambassador added that Estonia remains ready to share its reform experiences with Armenia. “Representatives of Armenia have participated in seminars at the Centre of Eastern Partnership and studied at the Estonian School of Diplomacy. We would like for this co-operation to continue in the future,” said the ambassador.

During their discussion they also addressed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Ambassador Turk confirmed Estonia’s ongoing support for the work of the OSCE’s Minsk group to find a peaceful solution.

Ambassador Priit Turk was born on 27 May 1976 in Kuressaare and graduated from Tartu University with a degree in political science. Turk has also studied at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Priit Turk began working at the Foreign Ministry in 2003. He has worked in the division for development co-operation, the Estonian Representation to the UN in New York, and been the director of the divisions of development co-operation and humanitarian aid. Priit Turk is the Estonian ambassador to Georgia.

Ambassador Turk is married and has two sons.
 

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