Tánaiste begins two day visit to Finland, Estonia and Lithuania4/9/18
Tánaiste begins two day visit to Finland, Estonia and Lithuania
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., today (Tuesday, 4 September) begins a two day visit to Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. The Tánaiste will meet with the Foreign Minister of each country to discuss Brexit, current priorities on the EU foreign policy agenda, and the Future of Europe.
The Tánaiste’s visit will further strengthen Ireland’s bilateral relations with key Nordic and Baltic EU member states.
Speaking in advance of the visit, the Tánaiste said:
“Our relationships with Finland, Estonia and Lithuania are important and they are strong.
This visit is a valuable opportunity for me to meet in person with those Foreign Ministers in their own capitals and to express our appreciation for the solidarity on Brexit which they continue to demonstrate.
I will emphasise that Ireland wants the closest possible relationship between the EU and the UK, including on trade, in order to minimise the impact on our trade and economy, and that it is vital that the EU's Single Market and Customs Union are fully protected.
We will also discuss key issues of international importance on the EU external agenda, particularly the Middle East Peace Process and the EU’s engagement with the US and with Russia.”
4 September 2018
Notes to editors:
- In Helsinki, Foreign Minister Timo Soini will host a working dinner for the Tánaiste and his delegation, at which discussion will focus mainly on Brexit.
- On Wednesday morning the Tánaiste will deliver a keynote address entitled “Brexit and Beyond: the post-Brexit EU from Ireland’s Perspective” at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.
- In Tallinn, the Tánaiste will meet with Foreign Minister Sven Mikser; their agenda will include Brexit developments, the EU’s future budget and EU security and defence cooperation issues.
- Finally, in Vilnius, the Tánaiste will meet with Foreign Minister Linkevičius on Wednesday afternoon and will speak about Brexit, EU-US relations and the Lithuanian community in Ireland.
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