President Meta speech during joint press conference with the President of the Republic of Estonia, H. E. Kersti Kaljulaid

President Meta speech during joint press conference with the President of the Republic of Estonia, H. E. Kersti Kaljulaid

I am very pleased to be the very first President of my country to pay an official visit in your beautiful and friendly country, in Estonia.

I had the chance to meet my friend, President Kersti Kaljulaid.

I must say we had a very fruitful exchange of views on many issues of common interest.

We share the same assessments on the security challenges in Europe, on the developments in our regions and the Euro-Atlantic integration processes, as well as on the need to intensify the economic cooperation among Albania and Estonia.

I thanked President Kaljulaid for the continuous support of Estonia to the European integration of my country. We expect on the 18 October to receive the good news by the Council of EU on the opening of the accession negotiation of Albania to EU.

I congratulated President Kaljulaid on the 15th anniversary of the Estonian membership to NATO and the integration to the European Union.

Indeed, there is so much to learn from Estonian achievements.

Today, our two Ministries of Foreign Affairs signed a memorandum of cooperation on European Integration process, an excellent framework to benefit from your experience.

Estonia and Albania have many things in common, including the fact that we are both NATO members.

Let me note here that Albania is present with its military troops in Latvia in the framework of NATO Enhanced forward Presence.

We care on the security in this part of Europe as it is very much related to the security of the whole continent, therefore to our security as well.

I will meet during the day also the President of Riigikogu and the Prime Minister of Estonia.

We will discuss and I am very confident we will succeed in funding ways how to increase our economic and trade cooperation and the exchange of know-how.

We have to learn a lot from E-Estonia.

And we have to promote the beauties of the Albanian sea shore and Albanian mountains and to receive more and more tourists from your country.

Thank you dear President for your kind invitation and for your hospitality! I hope I will receive you soon in Albania.