Tuesday, December 7, 2021

India, Estonia hold political Consultations in Tallinn; Estonian also welcomes India’s decision to open resident mission

India and Estonia have agreed to explore the possibility of setting up a dialogue on cyber security. The 11th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Estonia was held yesterday in Tallinn. The Indian delegation was led by the Ministry of External Affair’s Secretary (West Reenat Sandhu and the Estonian delegation was led by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Rein Tammsaar. They discussed ongoing and future cooperation in the fields of cyber security and digitalization, data protection, and e-governance. They also agreed to explore new and emerging areas of cooperation like health tech, research, and innovation, education, and startups. Both sides agreed on the need to enhance trade & investment, and promote cooperation in culture, films, and tourism. Both sides exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, including Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, and India-EU partnership. They also agreed to enhance cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

The Foreign Office Consultations is being held at a time when India and Estonia are commemorating 30 years of diplomatic relations. The Estonian side welcomed India’s decision to open a resident mission in Tallinn and looked forward to its early inauguration. India conveyed its appreciation to Estonia for being among the first countries to recognize both Covishield and Covaxin and the Indian vaccination certificate.

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