Foreign Minister Goes on the Record in 'Omar' Case ({{commentsTotal}})

Photo: Photo: ERR

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has given an official comment regarding the interpreter who worked with Estonian troops in Afghanistan.

Paet told ETV the interpreter, who is seeking a visa from Estonia, will get a reply regarding his case which may help in decision-making for similar cases in the future.

"This is the first such request, it has to be carefully considered as it may set a precedent for future cases. There must be tens of people who worked with Estonian units over the years,” said Paet.

Foreign Ministry officials have also previously expressed concern that such a precedent would trigger a flood of applications to the member state seen as the "easiest mark," and say if and when it comes, a decision would not be publicized.

"Omar" is generally recognized as having the most professional merit and the highest reliability of Estonia's interpreters. In the subtitled video above, a senior officer who worked with Omar credits the interpreter for speaking six dialects. 



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