Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin made her first working visit to Estonia on Friday 10 January.
In the neighbouring country, she met with her Estonian counterpart, Jüri Ratas, and she also paid a courtesy visit to President Kersti Kaljulaid.
According to the Government Communications Department, the prime ministers addressed the "worrying development of the situation in the Middle East", where tension has raised several degrees this week after Iran attacked two US military bases in Iraq in response to the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
“The security of the international peacekeeping forces must be ensured and efforts must be made to defuse the situation and establish a dialogue,” said Prime Minister Marin.
One of the bases attacked by Iran hosts Finnish soldiers deployed in a peacekeeping mission.
Russia and Ukraine
The prime ministers also exchanged views on Russia and Ukraine. They noted that the Minsk agreements must be fully implemented before there can be significant changes in relations with Russia.
Their discussion also highlighted the importance of environmental protection in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic.
"We want to promote an ambitious climate policy for the EU, and I look forward to good cooperation in this area with Estonia and other like-minded countries,” said Prime Minister Marin.
Energy and digitalisation
The prime ministers discussed cooperation projects between the countries, particularly in the fields of energy, transport, the development of European core transport networks and digitalisation.
“I am delighted with our well-functioning cooperation, which can also be seen at the level of everyday life. The development of common digital services is opening up new opportunities. One good example of this is the introduction of a cross-border electronic prescription system for the citizens of our two countries,” said Prime Minister Marin.
Prime Minister Marin also listened with interest to experiences from the early stages of Estonia’s term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Environmental issues and climate policy were also on the agenda at Prime Minister Marin’s meeting with President Kersti Kaljulaid.