minister over 100 years of diplomatic relations: Italy and Estonia are great partners | New
Liimets was visiting Rome just days after Italy won the European Championships football crown after a penalty shootout against England, but mainly to mark the 100th anniversary of the relationship building diplomatic relations between Estonia and Italy, also taking a visit to the Vatican for the same reason.
A former diplomat herself, Liimets said: “Relations between Estonia and Italy are close in many areas, ranging from security and defense cooperation to cultural cooperation and economic relations, and he there is also an interest in digital and cybernetic cooperation.
“We are grateful to Italy for its contribution to the Baltic Air Policing Mission in Ämari. Italian fighters are currently patrolling the Estonian skies, while Estonia is participating in the Joint Operation Frontex Themis in Italy, in the framework of migration and police cooperation efforts, ”she added. continued, according to a press release from the ministry.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) arrived in Ämari in early May.
Frontex, or the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is an EU agency based in Warsaw, Poland, responsible for border control in the Schengen area and in coordination with border guards and the coast guards of the Member States in the area.
“We have been planning and awaiting this visit for a long time, and this year we are celebrating the centenary of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” she added.
The Foreign Minister also inaugurated a new building for the Estonian Embassy in Rome (see cover image) and met her Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, as well as the President of the Italian Senate, Maria Elisabetta Casellati.
The talks focused on bilateral relations, current EU and NATO affairs, transatlantic relations, developments concerning Russia and Belarus, as well as migration issues.
“I said Estonia sees security as indivisible and we believe it is crucial that allies rely on each other for support,” said the minister. “I referred to the worrying developments on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, which also require the attention of the EU as a whole.”
The two-day visit, which ended on Wednesday, also saw a meeting with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Paul Richard Gallagher, in which the two men noted the centenary of diplomatic relations of Estonia with the Holy See, established during the pontificate of Benedict XV.
“In October, Estonia and the Vatican celebrate the centenary of diplomatic relations. I am happy to note that Secretary Gallagher was familiar with life in Estonia. We exchanged our views on current affairs and I affirmed the ‘Estonia’s ambition to actively contribute to world peace and security as an elected member of the UN Security Council, “she said.
While the Vatican was under Italian rule as a result of the Risorgimento, a situation that was still the case 100 years ago, it was treated as a separate entity with regard to diplomatic relations – including establishing relations with the Estonia 100 years ago, a year later Estonia had become fully independent. The 1929 Lateran Treaty established the present state of Vatican City.
During his trip, Liimets also met Albrecht von Boeselager, the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, and explored options for both sides in the area of humanitarian aid and development cooperation, highlighting emphasis on digital cooperation in particular.
Estonia and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a secular religious order, established diplomatic relations last year.