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Estonian Ambassador to Portugal Presents Credentials

15.10.2010

No. 317-E

Estonian Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic Marin Mõttus presented her credentials to President of the Portuguese Republic Aníbal Cavaco Silva on Friday, 15 October.

In the discussion that followed the credentials ceremony, Portuguese President Cavaco Silva and Estonian Ambassador Marin Mõttus acknowledged that relations between the two nations have been good and close for years, but there are also opportunities to develop them further.

The ambassador congratulated the Portuguese head of state for Portugal’s recent selection as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Both parties emphasised that Estonia and Portugal are good partners in international organisations and that this reciprocal support and co-operation will certainly continue in the future. As European Union border states, Estonia and Portugal have many similar interests in the EU, and it is good to stand for these together.

President Cavaco Silva congratulated Estonia on its upcoming adoption of the euro and expressed interest in the Estonian government’s policy to stabilise the economy during the global crisis situation. He stressed that Portugal’s experience shows that adopting the euro opens many doors, but it does not solve all problems and constant work is needed to ensure competitiveness and support innovative solutions. “Both Estonia and Portugal pay a lot of attention to information technology, the adoption of renewable energy sources, and innovation, and it is these areas that could be the basis for closer contacts among business groups,” noted Ambassador Mõttus.

Marin Mõttus was born in Tallinn on 4 April 1960. In 1983 Mõttus graduated from the Estonian language and literature department of Tartu University and in 2000 she earned her master’s degree in international relations from the Madrid School of Diplomacy and Complutense University. Before joining the foreign service Marin Mõttus worked as a teacher in secondary school and at Tallinn University of Technology and as a news editor for the Baltic News Service; she also translated literature from Spanish to Estonian. Mõttus has worked at the Foreign Ministry since 1997, when she assumed the role of Foreign Ministry press spokesperson. From 2002-2005 Mõttus worked as an economic diplomat in the Estonian Embassy in Madrid; following that she was a division director in the Foreign Ministry’s political department. Before being named the Estonian ambassador to Portugal, Marin Mõttus was at the head of Estonia’s special mission in Israel, and since the opening of an embassy in Tel Aviv in 2009 she was Estonia’s charge d’affaires ad interim to Israel. Ambassador Mõttus speaks English, Spanish, Russian and Finnish.

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