Ambassador Morrison Installs Plaque in Tallinn Honoring Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Estonia
“Today Canada and Estonia are strong international partners. We work together in NATO and at the UN. As a member of the EU, Estonia is strongly supportive of the negotiations leading to a Canada-EU free trade and investment agreement. Our countries share similar diplomatic and political views. But we are also very connected culturally: many families have ties to Canada where there is a very active Estonian diaspora.”
Desk Officer Mrs. Liis Udal from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and the Ambassador John Morrison attaching the commemorative plaque.
Ambassador Morrison giving Mrs. Marina Asari a letter of appreciation from the Prime Minister Stephen Harper for over 20 years of loyal service.
The ceremony was attended by foreign diplomats, government representatives, embassy partners, and Canadian community members. The reception also marked the retirement of Mrs. Marina Asari Tuul of the Canadian Embassy after her more than 20 years of successful service to Canada. Mrs. Tuul’s achievements were recognized by Ambassador Morrison and Mr. Mart Laanemäe, Undersecretary for Europe and Transatlantic Relations from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who remarked on her dedicated and loyal service. Mrs. Kairi-Liis Ustav will assume duties as Program Officer following Mrs. Tuul’s retirement.
Canada was among the strongest supporters and first countries to recognize Estonia’s regained independence. In 1991, Canada re-established diplomatic relations with the three Baltic countries. The government of Canada did not recognize their annexation by the Soviet Union. Canada holds the second largest Estonian population in the world which has helped strengthen the bilateral relationship.