On 10 September 2021, Estonia and Ireland celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Ireland recognised Estonia’s re-independence on the 27 August 1991. While diplomatic relations between our two countries are relatively recent, our relationship extends much further in time. Both countries have a shared loved of language, culture and heritage and understand their power to sustain a nation in challenging times. Our artists continue to seek inspiration from each other and artistic exchange continues.
Although geographically distant, we share common bonds and common values. We amplify our voices as small independent nations by working closely together. Estonia’s ambition to become a member of the European Union was realised during Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the spring of 2004. Ireland has been a template for Estonia as a small effective and enthusiastic member of the European Union and Ireland looks to Estonia as a leader and innovator in building a digital nation that truly serves its citizens and a leader in the field of cyber security; we both understand and value the benefits that a free, accessible education system delivers to our citizens.
In the year that we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, both Ireland and Estonia serve as elected members of the United Nations Security Council. This affords us the generational opportunity to work together to uphold international peace and security, in keeping with the values of the UN Charter.
On this day, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to further reinforcing our bilateral relationship in the political, economic and cultural spheres and to continue our values-based multilateral cooperation.
Eva-Maria Liimets Simon Coveney, T.D.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence