TALLINN – During a meeting held via video link on Friday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney agreed that Estonia and Ireland will be cooperating closely in 2021, when both countries will be elected members of the UN Security Council.
"Our experience so far has taught us that small and medium-sized members of the UN Security Council can make a difference and the cooperation of European countries in the council is crucial when it comes to making the issues of our region heard," Reinsalu said according to spokespeople for the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Reinsalu invited his Irish colleague to take part in a meeting of the Security Council to be held on the Afghanistan peace process in the Arria format next week. The handling of the topic of Afghanistan in the Security Council will be a priority for Estonia next year, when the country will be the so-called "pen holder" on the topic of Afghanistan.
The foreign ministers also discussed cooperation in other international organizations, including the OECD.
"I presented President Kaljulaid's campaign for the position of the secretary general of the OECD," Reinsalu said. "My Irish colleague and I agreed that small and medium-sized member states should cooperate closely on their candidacies."
The ministers also discussed managing the coronavirus pandemic, transatlantic relations and the state of negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom.