In a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Wednesday, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Estonia and Frence are creating security together.
The two presidents discussed the future of the European Union and its role in world politics, security issues, cyber security, and the potential of e-government services, spokespeople for the Office of the President in Tallinn said.
«France is a very important ally for Estonia. Together, we create security,» Kaljulaid said after the meeting, highlighting the service of Estonian and French military on the same missions in Mali, and before that in the Central African Republic and on the Atalanta anti-piracy mission. France is also set to make a major input to the NATO battalion to arrive in Estonia next year, she said.
The presidents discussed matters of regional security and stressed the importance of the fulfilment of the Minsk accords. They also spoke about the future of the EU and the role of the union in the world and in transatlantic relations.
The French head of state expressed interest in Estonia's progress in developing e-government systems and in matters of cyber security.
The Estonian president also took part in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit and in a roundtable on security in Europe at the French Institute of International Relations.