Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will host his Estonian counterpart, Sven Mikser, on September 20.
They will discuss the future of Europe and transatlantic relations amid broad agreement between our two countries, as reflected by Estonia’s participation in the European Intervention Initiative (EI2). The minister will raise the issue of strengthening the EU’s strategic autonomy and the need to consider European security and defense architecture, especially by making the mutual solidarity clause provided in Article 42.7 of the Treaty of the European Union more operational.
The minister will thank his counterpart for the help Estonia provided to France in Operation Barkhane, in Mali, with its deployment of a detachment of some 50 troops since August. He will also underscore our desire to continue our contribution to the security of the Baltic area, and particularly the return of a French joint tactical battalion to Estonia in 2019.
The ministers will also review our bilateral relationship in this centennial year of the Estonian State. They will discuss opportunities to expand our economic relations, especially in the area of digital and transport infrastructures.