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Foreign Minister departing on a visit to the United States

08.06.2015

Today, on June 6, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus will travel to visit the United States. The Foreign Minister will visit Washington, where she will meet with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, will speak at the European Centre for Policy Analysis to security policy experts and will take part in a discussion focusing on security policy with representatives of U.S. think tanks. In New York, the Foreign Minister has a meeting scheduled with representatives of the local Estonian community and representatives of the New York Estonian Educational Society's Estonian school, as well as a number of meetings with representatives of the United Nations. The Foreign Minister will be in Washington and New York on June 6th-10th.

At the meeting in Washington with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the focus will be on key security issues in connection with Ukraine and Russia, and regional energy and cyber security will also be discussed. The purpose of the meeting is to thank the United States for its contribution in ensuring the security of Estonia and the Baltic region.

In Washington, the Foreign Minister also has meetings scheduled with representatives of think tanks actively involved in policy-making.

On June 9 and 10, the Foreign Minister will be in New York, where she will meet with Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Jan Eliasson and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. Topics to be discussed at the meetings include the political situation in Ukraine, Libya and Syria, as well as other important issues in the context of the United Nations, such as the goals of sustainable development, UN Security Council reform, the concept of "Responsibility to Protect" and peacekeeping.

In addition, the Foreign Minister will meet in New York with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougoui and meetings are also schedules with the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund Antony Lake and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang. The Foreign Minister will also give a speech at the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and will re-open the Anu Raud sculpture "Mother Tree", which was presented to the UN in 1995. Estonia is a candidate for non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.

The Foreign Minister will return to Estonia on June 11.

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