Ilves Meets With Irish Leaders
Looking for the end of the rainbow: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (r) with Irish President Michael D. Higgins
( Photo: Courtesy Presidendi Kantselei )
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves met with Ireland's president Michael D. Higgins and Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin today as part of a three-day working visit to their country.
Topics of discussion included the position of small countries in today's Europe, the future of the EU and possibilities for cooperation in the area of cyber security, a statement from Ilves's office said.
"As small countries we understand each other well. Our smallness is also our strength, our national identity is based on culture, which we have valued and protected through the years," said Ilves.
The talks also touched on the financial situation in the Eurozone, with Kenny expressing hope that Irish voters would support ratification of the European Fiscal Compact in a referendum the country is due to hold on May 31.
Yesterday, at a conference organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs, Ilves gave a presentation on cyber defense entitled "When Small Means Big or Why You Can't Bribe a Computer."
Ilves and his wife are due to return to Tallinn tonight.