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All NATO ambassadors to visit Estonia for the first time

08.05.2014

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is arriving in Estonia on Thursday for a two-day visit to discuss preparations for the NATO summit and the organisation’s further steps in the changed security environment. This is the first visit of the North Atlantic Council's ambassadors to Estonia.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the visit by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the NATO ambassadors is a strong and important political signal in addition to NATO's military presence. “It confirms NATO's commitment to securing the security of member states and the allies' commitment to defending NATO's territory,” Paet said.

Estonia's Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council Ambassador Lauri Lepik said that NATO's North Atlantic Council is the highest maker of policy decisions. “I’m glad that my colleagues decided to accept the invitation. We have matters to discuss,” he added.

The NATO Secretary General and ambassadors will also discuss NATO's response to new threats such as cyber security at an informal meeting and will visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.

During his visit to Estonia on May 8 and 9, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. On Friday May 9, Rasmussen will give a public lecture at Tallinn University in cooperation with the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association and visit Ämari Air Base with Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.

Dear journalists!

You are awaited to the Ministry of Defence on Friday May 9 to record the arrival of the NATO ambassadors to their meeting. Please arrive no later than 8:45.

NB! Please let us know of your wish to attend by sending the name and personal identification number of the camera operator or photographer to: press@kaitseministeerium.ee.

 

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