TALLINN - Chairman of the Estonia-Taiwan parliamentary friendship group Kristo Enn Vaga said in a speech at a reception held in honor of Taiwan's National Day on Tuesday, that Estonia has much to gain from cooperation with Taiwan.
"As a country, we should be seeking foreign policy allies primarily among those who share similar values with us. Taiwan is a society that believes in democracy and the rule of law, just like Estonia," Vaga said.
Vaga pointed out that although Taiwan is a de facto independent country, most countries do not recognize it as an equal partner.
"Although all countries recognize the Taiwanese passport as a valid travel document of an independent country's citizen, the doors of the UN and many other intergovernmental organizations are closed to Taiwan," he noted.
According to Vaga, Estonia should help Taiwan in opening the door to UN membership and also work to open a representative office of Taipei in Estonia to develop economic relations.
The event was organized by the representation of Taipei in Latvia.
The Estonia-Taiwan friendship group includes 16 members of the Riigikogu from all parties represented in the parliament. Parliamentary groups help enhance communication with other countries' parliaments, implement foreign policy, and introduce Estonia to the rest of the world.