The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, is to meet the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on 8 October and discuss security and defence issues with him in Washington, DC.
The two colleagues will also discuss the Three Seas Initiative, which, also known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea Initiative, is a forum of twelve states in the European Union, located in Central and Eastern Europe. The combined area connects the Adriatic Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. The initiative aims to create a regional dialogue on a variety of questions affecting the member states.
“The relations of Estonia and the United States, both bilaterally as well as in international organisations, have always been excellent,” Reinsalu said in a statement. “We would like to further enhance these relations, especially in the area of security and defence.”
A speech at the Heritage Foundation
He added that Estonia and other Baltic States greatly appreciated the military presence of the United States in the region.
Reinsalu will also meet the US national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, to discuss cyber and security cooperation, and give a speech at an event organised by the Heritage Foundation, focusing on Trans-Atlantic cooperation and security.
Reinsalu will also attend a round table on Russia and participate in the round table organised by the Atlantic Council that focuses on the Three Seas Initiative and its summit to be held in Estonia next year.
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