Taavi Rõivas on two-day visit to Mali
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas embarked on a two-day visit to the Republic of Mali in Northwestern Africa in order to meet with Estonian troops serving on UN and EU missions there.
During his visit, Rõivas is slated to meet with Prime Minister Modibo Keita as well as be provided with an overview of the activities of the UN's peacekeeping mission, Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).
The objective of the visit is to become acquainted with the work of Estonian soldiers in Mali as well as recognize their contributions in achieving peace and stability in the state and region, reported the Government Press Office.
"The fewer the conflicts in various parts of the world, the fewer people are forced to take up a long and dangerous journey in search of peace and safety for themselves and their families," said Rõivas. "In helping to reslve conflict in this region, we are helping to lessen the migration pressure on Europe."
During his meeting with Prime Minister Keita, Rõivas is expected to discuss security and migration-related issues as well as Estonia's candidacy to a non-permanent spot on the UN's Security Council. The Estonian Prime Minister will be accompanied in Mali by Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defensee Forces Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel.
Rõivas is expected to return to Estonia on Wednesday, Sept. 7.