Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defence Minister Benny Gantz. The meetings focused on the changed security situation in Europe, Russia’s war in Ukraine, bilateral relations and regional security in the Middle East. At her meeting with Foreign Minister Lapid, Foreign Minister Liimets emphasized that to end Russia’s war, it was crucial to make sure their aggressive plans end in both military and political failure, and to continue offering Ukraine every assistance. “Repelling Russia’s aggression and forcing it back to its borders is in the interests of the entire democratic world. This war must end up as a painful strategic mistake for a long time for Russia, so that the invasion of the territories of sovereign states and the killing of peaceful people is not repeated,” Liimets said.
Speaking of the good bilateral relations of Estonia and Israel when meeting the foreign minister and the defence minister, Liimets highlighted our wish to develop our cyber and digital cooperation further. “We can see great potential for sharing our experiences and lessons with each other. Israel is a key state for Estonia in cyber security and we already have an active dialogue on this topic,” the Estonian foreign minister said. Liimets added that advancing defense cooperation between the two states was also important.
During her visit to Israel, the Estonian foreign minister also met with National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata and Chairman of the Estonia-Israel parliamentary group Simon Davidson and MK Gila Gamlieli.
Minister Liimets placed a wreath on the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, visited the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and made a field trip to the Gaza envelope.