Stenbock House, 27 December 2016 – At today’s meeting with the delegation of the United States Congress, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas emphasised that the U.S. has been, is and will remain one of Estonia’s most important allies and that the U.S. can always count on Estonia.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, who hosted Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain, Senators Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar, it was confirmed during the meeting that Estonia and the United States share common values and our understanding of challenges in the fields of foreign policy and security policy are similar as well.
“In the last 25 years, the U.S. has made an invaluable contribution into the security and the development of the defence capacity of Estonia and other Baltic states. We are extremely grateful for this,” Prime Minister Ratas told the Senators. “The U.S. contribution and commitment to NATO and the European security in general deserves separate acknowledgement. I promise that Estonia will continue to allocate at least 2% of its GDP to defence costs, Host Nation Support comes on top of that.”
Prime Minister Ratas also noted that after having sent our troops to serve alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, Estonia is continuously prepared to contribute to foreign missions and provide help in the fight against terrorism by sending out its units. “We will help you carry this burden,” Ratas added.
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