TALLINN - At a reception held at Stenbock House in Tallinn on Wednesday, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas thanked defense forces personnel who have participated in missions abroad.
The premier said that Estonia highly appreciates the work of soldiers serving in international missions.
"The defense forces' and your readiness to ensure security and stability both at home and in more distant places are an important source of security for our country. Your commitment strengthens our country's defense capability and security. I sincerely thank you for the work you have done, and also your loved ones who selflessly support you," Kallas said according to spokespeople.
The prime minister said that by participating in international missions, Estonia helps ensure international security.
"This is an important investment in strengthening our allied relations. Foreign missions also play an important role in training and applying what you have learned in life. Thanks to you, our defense forces have practical combat experience, which makes the entire national defense of Estonia stronger," she said.
The head of government stressed that Estonia will never forget the 12 servicemen who have paid the ultimate price when participating in a mission abroad, as well as those who have been injured while serving abroad. Kallas encouraged service members to use the state-provided assistance services, such as psychological support and rehabilitation, if necessary, and stressed that talking about concerns and being aware of them shows the person's strength.
Of the soldiers attending the reception, the largest number had served in Iraq in the Operation Inherent Resolve and in the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1). The personnel attending the event also included soldiers who have served in various roles in Mozambique, Lebanon, Israel, and Italy.