Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser met with visiting Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, discussing Estonian and EU relations with Australia as well as e-governance- and cyber security-related topics. The ministers also affirmed Estonia and Australia's close friendship.
At her meeting with Mikser, Bishop expressed interest in Estonia's progress in the e-governance and cyber security sectors. According to Mikser, Estonia is prepared to share its experiences and cooperate in both fields.
"Estonia and Australia have in common openness to innovation and we are striving toward similar goals: we wish to find innovative economic solutions as well as adopt advanced technology in all areas of life," said the Estonian minister according to a ministry press release.
Mikser also presented Bishop with an Estonian e-resident card.
The two foreign ministers also agreed that Estonia and Australia share a similar understanding of the current situation in the world. "Against the current backdrop of unpredictability, we must maintain contact and exchange ideas with as many like-minded countries as possible," Mikser stressed. "It is crucial for us to maintain a world that is based upon internationally agreed upon rules."
At their meeting, Bishop and Mikser also discussed Estonia's upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU, topics related to EU-Australian trade relations as well as the fight against terrorism.
Editor: Aili Vahtla