Foreign Minister Paet: Estonia Supports Right to Self-Determination for Palestine

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At his meeting with Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Riad Malki today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that Estonia supports the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people, as well as a two-state solution.

Paet stated that the creation of an independent Palestinian state would help to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East. “Estonia would also like closer contacts with Palestine. This is why we are signing an agreement to hold political consultations with Palestine,” he added. Paet stated that the poor humanitarian situation in Gaza needs to be resolved quickly without damaging the security interests of Israel.

“The humanitarian crisis caused by the Gaza blockade need a quick solution, as the continuation of the situation endangers efforts to move forward with the peace process,” he asserted.

The Palestinian foreign minister thanked Estonia for its contribution into building up Palestine. “Estonia has successfully launched the sharing of e-state-related knowledge with Palestine,” he said.

The Estonian foreign minister confirmed that Estonia is prepared to continue supporting the e-state programmes of Palestine. Estonia is also inviting 15 Palestinian diplomats to participate in courses at the Estonian School of Diplomacy. “We are also prepared to contribute to the establishment of Palestine’s own diplomatic school,” Paet added.

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