Reinsalu in Vilnius: Regional cooperation essential in post-pandemic world ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

From left, Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu, with his counterparts Edgars Rinkēvičs (Latvia), Linas Antanas Linkevičius (Lithuania) and Jacek Czaputowicz (Poland).
From left, Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu, with his counterparts Edgars Rinkēvičs (Latvia), Linas Antanas Linkevičius (Lithuania) and Jacek Czaputowicz (Poland). Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu was in Vilnius Monday, meeting his Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish counterparts and focusing on the potential reopening of European Union borders with third (non-European Union) countries as part of the region's COVID-19 exit strategy.

"We in the EU must set specific conditions on the basis of which residents of third countries will be allowed to travel here again," Reinsalu (Isamaa) said. "Both the epidemiological situation in the country of departure and the health of the individual passenger must be taken into account."

Reinsalu noted the importance of bolstering the EU's economy and single market while maintaining or restarting international cooperation at the level of international trade. He said security should also be kept in focus.

The Estonian foreign minister also said the coronavirus pandemic had proven the worth of Estonia's e-services and e-state, with the potential to do much more at EU level, for the benefit of citizens and business.

The four ministers laid wreaths at the Vilnius Soviet occupation monument to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the Soviet deportations which sent thousands of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to Siberia.

Reinsalu also announced a video conference between Estonian and Singapore which will take place on July 1 focusing on digital development and cooperation in the post-COVID 19 world.

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