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Two Friends Meet in Washington

March 28, 2012
Secretary Clinton shakes hands with Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet during remarks to the press in the Treaty Room at the State Department. State Department photo by Michael Gross.

Secretary Clinton shakes hands with Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet during remarks to the press in the Treaty Room at the State Department. State Department photo by Michael Gross.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met March 27 in Washington, DC.  The two leaders agreed on enhanced joint work on cyber security and stressed the strong commitment by both the U.S. and Estonia to promote democracy around the world. The pair announced that they will co-chair a working group called LEND, or Leaders Engaged in New Democracies, tasked to support development of new democracies. Citing the important role Estonia can play, Secretary Clinton said  “Over the last 20 years, Estonia has grown from a newly independent democracy to an important and respected voice in the international community.” Paet said he was pleased to be working with the U.S. in this important area, saying “There are many countries, including us, which are able and ready to share our experience to countries which want to change and which also want to share the values” which we share. 

Read Hillary Clinton's remarks with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet after their meeting.