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Estonian Ambassador to India Presents Credentials

23.01.2013

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On Tuesday, 22 January, the new Estonian ambassador to the Republic of India Viljar Lubi presented his credentials to President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Ambassador Lubi is the first Estonian ambassador to reside in India.

During the discussion that took place after the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Lubi and President of India Pranab Mukherjee expressed their satisfaction over how relations between Estonia and India have reached a new level. “Estonia will soon open its embassy in New Delhi and the first Estonian ambassador to reside in India has assumed his post,” stated Lubi. “We would like to intensify political co-operation with India, develop business and cultural contacts, and address consular maters and the issuing of visas more effectively,” he added.

According to various analyses, India will be one of the main drivers of the world economy by the year 2030, having already surpassed China. Ambassador Viljar Lubi stated that Estonia would like to be present when the global economic situation undergoes a massive shift and the centre of gravity shifts to Asia. “As one of the world’s major economic powers, India’s importance as Estonia’s partner has gradually increased over the years, though there is still plenty of room for development in bilateral economic relations. The information technology sector has potential, as does bio- and environmental technology, the timber industry, and the logistics sector,” added Ambassador Lubi.

President Muherjee said that Estonia and India’s relations have a long history, as in the middle of the 19th century Sanskrit was already being taught in Estonia.

Ambassador Lubi passed along greetings and an invitation to visit Estonia from Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

Ambassador Viljar Lubi was born in 1977. He studied at Hugo Treffner Gymnasium and graduated from the economics department of the University in Tartu, specialising in national economy. He earned his master’s degree in political science from Tallinn Pedagogical University. Lubi has also taken courses in international relations and European integration at the Estonian School of Diplomacy and in European studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. 

Viljar Lubi has been in the foreign service since 1999. He has worked in the Foreign Ministry’s press and information department, the external economic and development co-operation department, the Estonian Embassy in London, the European Union department as the director of the general affairs division, and as a counsellor in the Estonian Embassy in Washington. Since 2011, before coming to India to assume the post of ambassador, Viljar Lubi worked in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication as the director of the department for EU and international co-operation.

Ambassador Lubi has a son and daughter. He speaks English, Russian, and French.

 

Photo from the presentation of credentials: http://tinyurl.com/b4bazps


 

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