President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey meets the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Bern, Press release, 08.12.2011

President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), met Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, for an official working visit at Lohn, near Bern. They discussed a number of bilateral and international questions. Among the agenda items were the European Union, its neighbourhood policies and the crisis in the euro zone.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves was welcomed with military honours at Lohn estate in  Kehrsatz. Switzerland, which never recognised the annexation of Estonia by the Soviet Union, resumed its diplomatic relations with the Baltic republic in 1991. In addition to their similarity of size, Switzerland and Estonia have many resemblances and share many values, thanks mainly to their common European heritage.  

President of the Confedederation Micheline Calmy-Rey stressed that relations between Switzerland and Estonia are excellent. As she did in her last journey to Tallin in October 2010, the Swiss Foreign Minister discussed a number of bilateral questions with Mr Ilves. They talked about Swiss-Estonian cooperation in the field of e-government and of fighting against cyber-criminality, which has already produced a number of interesting results, and they noted to the smooth functioning of economic exchanges between the two countries. 

Other current issues were also discussed during the talks, including in particular Russia's accession to the WTO, global governance, situation in the Balkans and methods of dealing with the current crisis in the euro zone.


Further information:

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Estonia
Estonia - partner country for the Swiss enlargement contribution


Address for enquiries:

Information FDFA
Bundeshaus West
CH-3003 Bern
Tel.: +41 58 462 31 53
Fax: +41 58 464 90 47
E-Mail: info@eda.admin.ch


Publisher:

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs