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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Jordan is Vital Partner for Estonia in Middle East

11.01.2013

No 6-E

At his meeting with Foreign Minister of Jordan Nasser Judeh in Amman, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Jordan has become an increasingly important partner for Estonia in the Middle East. “Jordan has managed to maintain stability and international influence despite what is going on in its neighbouring countries,” he added.

Paet states that Jordan has, for example, played an important role in the Israel-Palestine peace process and offered refuge to those who have fled Palestine, Iraq and Syria.

In talking about co-operation between the two countries, Foreign Minister Paet said that in addition to close energy-related co-operation with Jordan, the development of other business contacts has been successful as well. “On the Estonian side interest in working with Jordan has been expressed by, for example, companies in the information technology field. Co-operation in tourism also holds great potential, since Jordan’s resorts on the Red Sea could be a sunny vacation destination for Estonians,” Paet stated.

The foreign minister added that in order to intensify economic relations, we are interested in concluding an agreement for the protection of investments and an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation.

During the meeting Paet confirmed that Estonia is prepared to host an e-state delegation from Jordan and introduce Estonia’s e-state model to them as one of the most effective and reliable. “Estonia’s co-operation with Arab countries concerning e-states has increased. In addition to Palestine, we are also helping Tunisia and many other countries develop their e-solutions,” he stated.

During their meeting, Paet and Judeh also discussed recent development related to the Middle east peace process and the situation in Syria.

Paet also invited the Jordanian foreign minister to visit Estonia.

Photo of the foreign ministers’ meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/8364907891/in/pho...

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