Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand on state visit to Germany

Marina Kaljurand and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Courtesy of Foreign Ministry)
BNS
1/28/2016 9:55 AM
Category: Politics

Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand visited Germany on Tuesday to talk to her German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and to representatives of the Bundestag.

The ministers discussed bilateral cooperation and current foreign policy issues, including the situation in Ukraine, NATO unity, and the migration crisis.

Kaljurand stressed that Europe had to preserve its unity regarding critical issues. “Today Europe is facing many challenges, and it is important that Europe is united on all critical issues. European unity is our strength,” Kaljurand said.

She thanked Steinmeier for Germany's continued contribution to European security, including to the Baltic air policing mission, and said Estonia appreciated the good bilateral relations of the two countries.

Talking about the forthcoming Warsaw Summit, she also stressed the need for a permanent presence of allied forces in the Baltic region.

With regard to the Ukraine, Kaljurand said that the topic had to remain on the agenda of the European Union.

About the migration crisis, the minister said that all member states would have to honor their commitments to cope with it, and reaffirmed that Estonia was ready to do its part to contribute to a solution.

Kaljurand also met with the chairman of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, Norbert Röttgen.

On the occasion of the German Memorial Day for the Victims of National Socialism and the Estonian Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kaljurand also laid a wreath at Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Dario Cavegn

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