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Estonia and Israel Agree on Scientific Co-operation

18.12.2012

On an official visit to Israel, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders agreed on bilateral scientific co-operation exchange of one scientist in the field of information technology, pharmaceuticals or medicine. “Both Estonia and Israel stand out in terms of technological and environmentally friendly innovations and a high calibre of research and development centres,” said Ansip. “We see good prospects in the R&D centres of the two countries above all through exchange of experts.”

Ansip met Israeli President Shimon Peres as well. At that meeting, Ansip reaffirmed that Estonia’s Jewish Community was strong and that it has always had an important place in Estonia’s economic and cultural sphere. Also under discussion were the recent events in the Middle East and further actions to reach solutions through negotiations.

Yesterday, Ansip met Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, with whom he discussed the situation in the Middle East and developments that impact both Israel and Europe. The developments in Egypt and situation in Syria, Iran and elsewhere in the region was also discussed with national security council chairman Yacov Amidror.

Prime Minister Ansip laid a wreath at the Yad Vashem Memorial in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. He also visited the Yad Vashem Avenue of the Righteous where a plaque stands in memory of Uku and Eha Masing. After World War II, the Holocaust Museum in Israel gave Masing and his wife the honorary title of “the righteous among the nations” among the peoples of the world to honour their services to the Jewish community during the German occupation.

Closer cooperation between the two countries received a stronger impetus in 2009 when Estonia opened an embassy in Tel Aviv in 2009 and in 2010 when the President of the Republic visited Israel.

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