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Foreign Minister Paet Met With Foreign Ministers of Brazil, Columbia

28.01.2013

No 19-E

At his meeting in Santiago with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that relations between Estonia and Brazil have grown significantly closer and Estonia hopes to open an embassy in Brazil soon. “Brazil has already opened its embassy in Estonia and we would like to open our own embassy in Brazil,” he stated. Estonia currently has honorary consuls in three areas of Brazil.

Paet stated that Brazil plays an increasingly important role in both global politics and the global economy. “Therefore I feel it is absolutely necessary to further develop Estonia-Brazil relations,” he added.

Paet stated that Brazil is of increasing interest to Estonian entrepreneurs as well. “We would like to start negotiations to conclude an agreement for the protection of investments between Estonia and Brazil,” he said.

Foreign ministers Paet and Patriota also spoke about co-operation in the UN Human Rights Council. “Both Estonia and Brazil are currently members of the UN Human Rights Council, and this offers many opportunities to work together to improve the human rights situation in the world,” Paet said.

At his meeting in Santiago with Columbian Foreign Minister Maria Holguin Cuellar, Foreign Minister Paet noted that Estonia would like to appoint an honorary consul in Columbia to help with providing consular assistance and promote economic and cultural ties. “We are interested in closer relations with Columbia in the areas of trade, services, and investments,” Paet noted.

While talking about co-operation in international organisations, Paet said that Estonia supports the enlargement of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and inviting Columbia to accession negotiations. “We feel that all countries that meet the requirements for membership should be invited to accession negotiations,” he stated.

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