Estonian Ambassador to Malta Presents Credentials


No. 371-E
26 November 2010

On Thursday, 25 November, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Malta Merike Kokajev presented her credentials to President of Malta George Abela. Ambassador Merike Kokajev resides in Rome.

In the discussion that followed the ceremony, Ambassador Kokajev and President Abela acknowledged that Estonia-Malta bilateral relations are warm and friendly. “As small nations and European Union members, Estonia and Malta have a lot in common, which helps us develop our bilateral relations,” said Kokajev.

At their meeting, they discussed opportunities for co-operation in international organisations, primarily in the UN and Council of Europe, where as small nations they can reciprocally support each other’s candidacies. “One of the sectors with the greatest development potential between Estonia and Malta is tourism,” noted Kokajev. Another important sector for co-operation is education. “Maltese President Abela proposed that there be co-operation between the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and the Eastern Partnership Training Centre being created in Estonia,” said the ambassador.

Merike Kokajev said that the Maltese president had words of praise for Estonia’s economic situation. Ambassador Kokajev thanked Malta for its support in our transition to the euro, in which one important factor was the report on Estonia’s euro eligibility compiled by Maltese member of the European Parliament Eduard Scicluna.
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 San Marino.
Ambassador Kokajev speaks English, Russian, and French.

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