Estonian Ambassador to San Marino Presents Credentials


No. 332-E

On Wednesday, 27 October, Estonia’s new Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino Merike Kokajev presented her credentials to Captains Regent of San Marino Giovanni Francesco Ugolini and Andrea Zafferani. Ambassador Merike Kokajev resides in Italy.

In the discussion that followed the presenting of credentials, Ambassador Merike Kokajev noted that relations between San Marino and Estonia are friendly and warm, and within bilateral relations both sides are interested first and foremost in strengthening economic and cultural ties. “Since San Marino has become an interesting travel destination for Estonians, another co-operation sector is tourism,” noted Ambassador Kokajev. The ambassador stated that San Marino is very active in international organisations. “Estonia is interested in co-operating with San Marino in the UN and other international organisations,” said Kokajev.

Estonia established diplomatic ties with San Marino on 9 July 2003. San Marino is the world’s oldest democracy, having had that governmental structure since 1702.

Merike Kokajev was born in Tartu in 1956 and graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in French language and literature. Kokajev has been working for the Foreign Ministry since 1991. Ambassador Kokajev has worked in the protocol department, the embassy in Brussels, Estonia’s permanent representation in Geneva, the Foreign Ministry’s division for international organisations, and Estonia’s permanent representation to the UN. From 2005-2007 Kokajev was a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Prior to assuming her current position, Merike Kokajev worked in the Foreign Ministry’s state protocol department as the director of the division for ceremonies and visits. Since 2010, Kokajev has been the ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Italy and the Republic of Malta, residing in Italy.

Ambassador Kokajev speaks English, Russian, and French.

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