Kallas at the meeting with Sánchez: communication between Estonia and Spain has never been this close before

06.07.2021 | 20:09

Stenbock House, 6 July 2021 – Prime Minister Kaja Kallas met with her Spanish colleague Pedro Sánchez today to discuss bilateral relations, defence cooperation, and migration policy.
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The prime minister stressed that the visit from the Spanish colleague is a wonderful continuation to previous high-level visits. “Communication between Estonia and Spain has never been this close before. This relationship must also be upheld in the future,” she said. Kallas confirmed that Estonia and Spain are very similar countries. “We share the same values and are united by similar views on most key EU and international issues, we are open to innovation, and have a green mindset.”

The prime minister confirmed that Estonia and Spain are close allies in NATO and thanked Spain for hosting the NATO summit next year. “Thank you also for contributing to the security of our region by participating in the Baltic Air Policing mission. We hope to welcome you in Ämari again in the future!” Kallas also noted that Spain is a founding member of the NATO Cyber Defence Centre and thanked Spain for deploying experts to the centre in Tallinn. “Estonia is interested in the stability of the Southern Neighbourhood of Europe and dedicated to furthering its security. Estonia and Spain are both participating in the EU Training Mission in Mali.”

When discussing migration issues, Kallas said that we regrettably see migration used as a political weapon more and more often. “I also called for more focus on the Eastern Neighbourhood on the European leadership level,” the Estonian prime minister said.

Kallas wished Spain success in tonight’s football European Championship semi-final.

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