Estonia, Egypt pledge to enhance cooperation

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-22 21:38:55|Editor: ying
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TALLINN, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Estonian and Egypt on Tuesday pledged to boost bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in potential areas of digital field and international organizations.

During the first visit to Estonia by a high-level official from Egypt, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser.

Kaljulaid and Shoukry discussed Estonian-Egyptian relations, the situation in northen Africa and the Middle East, as well as potential areas of further bilateral cooperation.

During the meeting, Mikser said stability in the southern neighbourhood and more broadly in the Middle East was very important.

"The situation to the east and south of the EU has strategic importance for us, as it is directly tied to security in Europe," Mikser was quoted as saying in a press release.

The two ministers noted that the EU and Egypt had to find a solution to the problems of illegal migration as well as of extremism and terrorism, stressing on more effective cooperation and exchange of information, said Mikser, who termed Egypt as one of the EU's key partners on the issues.

"Estonia continues to be prepared to share its experiences with digital public services, and contributing to digital topics at the Africa-EU Summit," Mikser added.

On Sunday, Shoukry started a European tour that took him to Russia for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow Monday on boosting bilateral relations and coordination on a host of regional and international issues, topped by countering terrorism.