Al Gore: Estonia´s future looks optimistic

11.09.2002 | 00:00

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Tallinn, Stenbock HouseSeptember 5, 2002Prime Minister Siim Kallas met today in Washington with former US Vice-President Al Gore, during which they discussed global policy, economic and environmental issues. Gore said that he has been Estonia´s friend and supporter for a long time and commended Estonian economic reforms. Gore predicted enduring popularity of Estonia among foreign investors. "Estonia´s future looks optimistic," he added. Prime Minister Kallas described the relations between Estonia and Russia, and expressed pleasure that Estonia´s anticipated integration to NATO is no longer a source of conflict with Russia. According to Kallas, small nations have a definite role in forming the security architecture of today´s world, and Estonia is ready to make its contribution towards the enhancement of common security. Kallas and Gore also discussed the cooperation between the Baltic States and environmental risks in the region. Kallas had lunch today with representatives of American Jewish communities and gave a press conference at the National Press Club´s press conference center. Daniel VaarikHead of the Government Press Office

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