Ottawa, 23 November 2022 (TDI): Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau met with the President of Estonia, Alar Karis to discuss matters of bilateral cooperation. The matters of regional security were also part of their discussion.

Both leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to support Ukraine. They discussed ways to continue supporting Ukraine during the crisis and increasing the cost on Russia for unjustified aggression and invasion.

They discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation along with talking about opening a full Embassy in Tallin (Estonia) with a resident Ambassador. It will be a part of Canada’s diplomatic mission expansion in Central and Eastern Europe.

The economic growth and commercial sector were also given priority as important pillars of bilateral relations. For this, both officials considered developing resilient supply chains of critical minerals.

Canadian Prime Minister also restated the commitment to security in Eastern Europe. Canada is a part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence based in Tallin, Estonia, to fulfill this allegiance to regional security.

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Moreover, it also has the leadership of the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group of the NATO in Latvia.

Estonia-Canada Relations

Bilateral relations between both states were established in 1991 when Estonia acquired its independence. Since then, the diplomatic relations of Canada and Estonia have flourished with both states establishing their Embassies.

Both countries are a part of the same organizational structure at regional and international levels. They are members of NATO and continue to strengthen their defense relationships.

They work closely in multilateral fora to develop effective responses to pressing global challenges. The war in Ukraine is a mutual concern on part of their agenda as they actively raise support for Ukraine.

President Karis is on a visit to Canada as he participated in Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Standing Committee on National Defense at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The official visit of the Estonian President to Canada reaffirms the wish to enhance bilateral relations on their part and assess Russian aggression in Ukraine.