Foreign Minister Sven Mikser (SDE) met Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The meeting discussed the Middle East peace process, the future of the European Union, bilateral cooperation, and security issues.
Netanyahu said that Israel and Estonia were good friends with a similar understanding of matters such as democracy, economic freedom, and technology, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry told BNS.
Mikser said that as both countries ranked among the five most digitally capable nations in the world, Israel and Estonia had experiences they could share between them to maintain their leading role in the cyber domain.
The ministers also discussed the security situation in the Middle East, and the state of the peace process.
“Estonia believes that enduring peace can be ensured only by a two-state solution agreed on in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority. Peace cannot be imposed on the parties from outside, its conditions must be agreed on by the parties themselves,” Mikser said.
Mikser also met with Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, speaker of the Knesset, Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, and MPs Tzipi Livni and Yaakov Perry.
On Thursday Mikser will be in Ramallah, where he will meet with the prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian minister of foreign affairs Riad Malki, and Minister of Information Technology Allam Mousa. The meetings will address the Middle East peace process and Estonia’s contribution to the development of Palestine primarily through e-governance and cyber security projects.
Israel and Estonia are both members of the Digital 5, a global network of some of the most digitally advanced governments in the world. The network was founded in December 2014 by the United Kingdom, Estonia, Israel, South Korea, and New Zealand. The aim of the D5 network is to share best practices and experience building a digital government and economy.
Editor: Dario Cavegn