Estonian MP: Risk of conflict with govt makes work of diplomats difficult

  • 2020-11-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Deputy chair of the Estonian parliament's foreign affairs committee Marko Mihkelson said on the 102nd anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the work of diplomats today is complicated by the possibility of conflict between personal beliefs and government positions.

"The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is celebrating its 102nd anniversary today," Mihkelson wrote on social media. "Congratulations to all our good diplomats around the world and here at home, who do often invisible but crucial work for Estonia."

"They are our front-line players, whose task is to keep us away from conflicts and at the same time create opportunities to make Estonia bigger and more visible in this competitive world. This is not an easy task at all, especially now that the conscience sometimes says one thing, but the government wants something else," Mihkelson said.

Thus, Harri Tiido resigned as the Estonian ambassador to Finland at the beginning of August and justified his resignation, among other things, by the political line of the Estonian government, from which his own convictions differed significantly.