Ratas discusses NATO, Kaljulaid's OECD candidacy with US secretary of state

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas speaking on the phone.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas speaking on the phone. Source: Stenbocki maja

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed NATO, U.S.-Estonian relations, the Three Seas Initiative and President Kersti Kaljulaid's potential OECD candidacy on Thursday evening.

The U.S. State Department's spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said: "Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Ratas discussed the importance of the U.S.-Estonian partnership within the NATO Alliance and international organizations.  The Secretary thanked Estonia for its leadership on the Three Seas Initiative, an effort that will contribute to economic growth and energy security in Europe."

Ratas tweeted after phone call that they had also discussed the situation in Belarus. They also discussed President Kersti Kaljulaid's possible candidacy for Secretary General of the OECD.

Johannes Merilai, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, told ERR the phone call was it was an exchange of information, as the USA also has its own candidate for the post of Secretary General of the OECD.

Kaljulaid may run for the position of Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with a starting date of summer of 2021.

As far as ERR is aware, Ratas has also spoken to several heads of state to try and find support for Kaljulaid's candidacy.

Taavi Linnamäe, the President's Public Relations Adviser, previously told ERR Kaljulaid has agreed that the suitability of her candidacy can be discussed.


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