Foreign Minister Urmas Paet opened the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel was represented at the opening of the embassy by Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the opening of the first Estonian embassy in the Middle East is an important step for Estonian foreign relations and citizens. “The embassy allows us to help those travelling in the region or Estonian citizens who would like to do business there. It creates better opportunities for bilateral co-operation in many areas. There is also a strong bond between Estonian and Israeli societies, considering that more than a thousand people of Estonian origin live in Israel,” Paet explained. “An Estonian representation in the Middle East also facilitates our participation in the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy. In addition, Estonia will be the European Union presidency in 2018, and European Union relations with Israel and other nations in the Middle Eastern region will be a priority subject,” he added.
At the opening of the embassy, Israeli Minister Aharonovitch emphasised the importance of the further growth of Estonia-Israel relations.
Foreign Minister Paet added that Estonia plans to assign a residing ambassador to Tel Aviv in 2010. The current Estonian ambassador to Israel is Aino Leppik von Wirén, who resides in Tallinn. Estonia has had a special mission in Tel Aviv since 2007, and one goal of this was to prepare for the opening of an embassy. The Estonian charge d’affaires in Tel Aviv is Marin Mõttus.
The address of the Estonian Embassy in Tel Aviv is:
14 Abba Hillel Street
Ramat Gan 52506, Israel
Tel./Fax (972) 35 282 854
Estonia Opens Embassy in Israel