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Foreign Minister Paet Invites Iceland to Participate in Cyber Defence Centre

16.02.2008

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, in Iceland on a visit, met with his Icelandic colleague Ingibjörg Gísladóttir on Saturday, 16 February.

At their meeting, the two discussed bilateral relations, co-operation within the framework of NATO and the European Economic Area, cyber security, and opportunities for joint development co-operation with third countries.

Topics related to NATO included current operations and the NATO Centre of Excellence for Cyber Defence, which is to be established in Tallinn.

Both sides agreed that co-operation in the area of cyber security must become more active. The Estonian foreign minister invited Iceland to participate in the work of the NATO cyber defence centre. “Estonia has experience in handling cyber attacks, and we would like to welcome Icelandic specialists to join the NATO cyber defence centre being established in Tallinn,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet expressed his satisfaction over the success of the first joint development co-operation project with Iceland, in which Georgian police officers were trained at the Public Service Academy of Estonia. “The feedback from those who participated in the project has been positive,” said the Estonian foreign minister. “We are definitely interested in continuing trilateral co-operation, and we’d like to find new projects that we can contribute to together,” he said.

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