Today, 25 October, the first Estonian ambassador to Belarus Jaak Lensment presented his credentials to President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Ambassador Jaak Lensment stated that for Estonia and Belarus, the areas of the most interest in bilateral relations are strengthening economic ties, including co-operation in the energy and transit sector, and the development of cultural relations. Ambassador Lensment noted that dialogue between the European Union and Belarus has also intensified. “The Eastern Partnership Programme remains a good opportunity for developing EU-Belarus relations and intensifying Belarusian co-operation with the European Union,” said Lensment.
Ambassador Lensment said that President Lukashenko recognised that contacts between Estonia and Belarus have grown and that active dialogue will certainly be facilitated by the appointment of an Estonian ambassador to Minsk. The president of Belarus stated that it is first and foremost essential to co-operate in the energy security sector, which is important both bilaterally and in the interest of the stability and well-being of the entire Baltic Sea region.
Ambassador Jaak Lensment was born on 22 March 1966. In 1991 he graduated from the philosophy department of the Belarusian State University. Jaak Lensment has been working for the Foreign Ministry since 1993, when he assumed a position in the Foreign Ministry’s political department. From 1993-1996 Lensment was a political diplomat at the Estonian Embassy in Kiev. From 1996-1997 he was a desk officer in the Ministry’s policy planning department. From 1997-2000 he worked as a political diplomat at the Estonian Embassy in Moscow, and from 2000-2003 Lensment was a desk officer and division director in the policy planning department. From 2003-2005 he worked as a counsellor in the Estonian Embassy in The Hague and from 2005-2009 as a counsellor in the Estonian Embassy in Vienna. Prior to assuming his current position, Jaak Lensment was the director of the third division of the Ministry’s first political department. Ambassador Jaak Lensment speaks Russian, German, and English.
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