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Kaljulaid meets with Philippe of Belgium, prime minister

Philippe of Belgium with President Kersti Kaljulaid on Thursday. Nov. 23, 2017.
Philippe of Belgium with President Kersti Kaljulaid on Thursday. Nov. 23, 2017. Source: (Office of the President)

President Kersti Kaljulaid met with the Philippe, King of the Belgians and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels on Thursday to discuss bilateral Estonian-Belgian relations, the future of Europe, the EU's neighborhood policies as well as defense cooperation.

At their meeting, Kaljulaid and Michel discussed bilateral relations between Estonia and Belgium, the future of the EU, neighborhood policies as well as upcoming EU summits, according to an Office of the President press release.

According to the Estonian head of state, the success of European Neighbourhood countries serves the interests of all EU member states, and therefore the success of the upcoming Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Brussels is of utmost importance.

The two leaders also discussed preparations for the EU-African Union summit as well as Kaljulaid's recent visit to Ethiopia and Rwanda.

At her meeting with King Philippe, Kaljulaid expressed how pleased she was that Estonia and Belgium enjoy excellent bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of defense; she highlighted Belgium currently serving NATO's Baltic Air Policing out of Ämari Air Base. Also discussed at length were digital issues as well as ways to support the development of research in Europe.

On Friday, Kaljulaid is scheduled to meet in Brussels with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, give a presentation on security in the digital era at a European Defence Agency conference as well as meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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