Estonian formin discusses tense security situation in Iraq with US secretary of state

  • 2020-01-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu in a phone conversation with United States' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday discussed the tense security situation in Iraq.

In light of tensions between Iran and the US, Reinsalu affirmed Estonia's support to his counterpart and emphasized that the US is entitled to self-defense under the UN Charter, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"I have called on Iran to stop the destabilizing activity in the Middle East," the Estonian minister said.

According to Reinsalu, it is important to reach a diplomatic solution to the situation and Estonia, as a member of the UN Security Council, is working with other countries to reduce tensions in the Middle East and prevent further development of the conflict.

Pompeo thanked the Estonian foreign minister for support and stressed the need for cooperation between allies.

Reinsalu said it is important that Iran does not become a nuclear power and does not continue to develop its missile program. Cooperation between the Atlantic allies is important in this regard.

The foreign minister affirmed to his US counterpart that Estonia considers both bilateral and Atlantic cooperation with the US in the UN Security Council, NATO and at the European Union level to be strategically important.

Reinsalu and Pompeo also discussed the recent meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU as well as issues related to the investigation of the Ukrainian passenger plane crash in Iran.

Both foreign ministers reaffirmed their mutual commitment to collective security in accordance with the North Atlantic Treaty.

Reinsalu is scheduled to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi this week.