Diplomatic ties with Tonga signed, 9 more nations to go

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Estonia tied the diplomatic knot with Tonga on Thursday, with now only 9 nations left in the world with whom it does not have formal relations.

Margus Kolga, the Estonian representative to the United Nations and Mahe'uli'uli Sandhurst Tupouniua, the Tongan ambassador, established formal relations between the two nations in New York.

The two representative talked about cooperation in the UN and other international organizations, and about climate change.

Kolga said Estonia is prepared to share its e-service experiences with Tonga.

Tonga is comprised of 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited by a total of 106,000 people, slightly more than the city of Tartu.

The nations with which Estonia is yet to sign diplomatic ties are: Bhutan, Yemen, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and Chad, according to the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Correction: an earlier version of the story said Estonia has not yet signed relations with 10 nations.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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