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Foreign Minister Davutoğlu paid an official visit to Estonia.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu paid an official visit to Estonia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu paid an official visit to Estonia on 11 May 2012, upon the invitation of Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

Bilateral relations, developments in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, furthering economic and cultural relations, issues of cooperation within the framework of NATO, EU and UN Security Council membership were discussed at the meetings between the delegations headed by Foreign Minister Davutoğlu and his Estonian counterpart.

Speaking at the joint press conference Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said that Turkey and Estonia have special relations with a historical background and pointed out that Turkey regards Estonia as a neighbor. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu also voiced his request that Turkish Airlines flights to Estonia start as soon as possible. Expressing that Estonia and Turkey are of close relationship and Turkey is a significant partner not only for the EU but also for Estonia, Foreign Minister Paet said that the EU accession negotiations with Turkey should be continued. Foreign Minister Paet underlined that Estonia supports all efforts of opening new chapters on negotiation process between Turkey and EU.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu and Estonian Foreign Minister Paet also participated in Estonia Final of International Turkish Olympiads and presented the prizes of top 3 students.

During his visit, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu was received by Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia and Mr. Andrus Ansip, the Prime Minister of Estonia. Moreover, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu delivered a speech in the inaugural dinner of the Lennart Meri International Conference, hosted by President of Estonia. The Lennart Meri International Conference is held every year in memory of the 2nd President of Estonia.