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Gita Kalmet (left) and David Johnston. Source: Photo Credit: Foreign Ministry

Gita Kalmet, Estonia's first resident ambassador to Canada, presented her credentials to Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa yesterday.

The two discussed ways to build closer bilateral ties, including Canada's possible involvement in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Tallinn, and through an Estonian-Canadian youth exchange program, a press release from the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.

Johnston said the local Estonian emigre community has been central in building relations.

Kalmet, born in Tallinn in 1959, attended the Estonian School of Diplomacy and Oxford University. She has been with the Foreign Ministry since 1993 and was appointed ambassador to Holland in 2006. Since 2011, she has worked as the head of the ministry's public diplomacy department.

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