The President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella met to discuss migration policy, security, work organisation of parliaments, and relations between the two countries.
Nestor and Mattarella described the relations between the two countries as fruitful and constructive. “We recognise Italy’s contribution to the NATO air policing mission to ensure the security of the region,” Nestor said. Mattarella said that ensuring the security of the allies means ensuring one’s own security.
Nestor and Mattarella agreed that the burning issue in the European Union is the migration crisis, which can only be solved through a close international cooperation. Estonia has made its contribution to this.
They particularly highlighted the cultural exchange between the two countries. Nestor referred to the composer recital of Maestro Arvo Pärt, which took place in the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome in the beginning of May, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The President of Italy expressed how happy he was to visit the Estonian parliament during the Estonian centenary year.
The two parties introduced the work of their parliament and their national election systems. Mattarella commended Estonia for developing its e-state. In his opinion, Estonia is the current global leader in this area.
Nestor and Mattarella both expressed their happiness over the expanding multilateral cooperation between the two countries, which has been based on the excellent work done over several decades.
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson and the Chairman of the Estonia-Italy Parliamentary Group Oudekki Loone were also present at the meeting.
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