PM: Estonia competent to speak up on complex issues in UN Security Council

  • 2020-01-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on the "Esimene stuudio" ("First studio") program of ETV public television on Tuesday that Estonia has the competence to speak up on complex issues in the Security Council of the United Nations.

"It is no secret that over the next 24 months, Estonia will gain quite a lot of experience there and obviously it will require a lot of diplomatic skills," Ratas said.

"I believe that Estonia has been increasing its position in international communication with every year and our competence has increased," the prime minister added.

"If we look at our objectives in the Security Council, one of the goals is a world order based on international law," Ratas said.

Speaking about the United States' killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Ratas said that, in this case, the government trusts the information of its most strategic and closest ally, which is the US.

"If we look at the events that took place at the end of last year, where namely a US military base in Iraq was bombed, where the US embassy was delivered a hit, then these are very specific cases and I definitely trust our ally's assessment of the need for the implementation of self-defense measures here," the prime minister said.

"It is, of course, Estonia's interest and wish that the weapons remain silent in this case and that these issues be resolved through diplomatic channels. We will definitely be working toward this in the Security Council," Ratas said.