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Portugal is contributing to the protection of Estonian airspace


In meeting with Portuguese Foreign Minister Rui Machete, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the Portuguese contribution to the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Air Policing Mission is much needed and appreciated.

Portugal is sending its planes to participate in the protection of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace from September until the end of summer 2016. Paet stated that Portugal is also considering added contributions. “It is important that allies from different European regions participate in the defence of our airspace. Therefore Portugal’s commitment is highly valued,” Paet added at the meeting with his Portuguese colleague.

Foreign Ministers Paet and Machete signed an agreement in Lisbon on Friday, according to which a Portuguese diplomat can work in the Estonian Embassy in Riga during the time of Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. “Cooperation between Estonia and Portugal in mutually using office space works very well,” Paet said.

In April 2013, according to an agreement, Estonia sent its diplomat to the Portuguese embassy in Brasilia for the first time and a Portuguese diplomat worked at the Estonian Embassy in Vilnius during the second half of Lithuania’s Presidency in 2013. “Similarly, a Portuguese diplomat is working in the rooms of our embassy in Astana since last fall,” Paet said.

The foreign ministers also spoke about developments in Ukraine and the situation in the EU's southern neighbourhood of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Paet and Machete also discussed increasing energy security. “It is necessary to create a well-functioning European Union energy market, to create connections between member states and diversify suppliers,” the Estonian Foreign Minister said.


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