Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas asked President Michel Aoun for Lebanon's support in the Baltic country’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, according to a statement from the presidency.
During a meeting at the Baabda Palace, Ratas gave Aoun a handwritten letter from Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid requesting Lebanon's support for her country to win non-permanent membership of the Security Council, for the years 2020-2021.
Kaljulaid visited Lebanon last March when she affirmed her country's readiness to provide the necessary assistance to Lebanon in the field of electronics and technology.
Aoun expressed Lebanon’s keenness to strengthen the relations between the two countries, especially in the information sector due to Estonia's expertise in the field.
The two also discussed the upcoming CEDRE economic conference scheduled for next week in Paris as well as the Brussels conference set for next month.
Aoun urged Estonia to participate in both, as the conferences "will discuss the situation of the displaced Syrians and the economic, social and security repercussions placed on the host countries," he said. Ratas said that Estonia values Lebanon's efforts to provide aid for refugees.
Aoun also expressed his appreciation for the Estonian forces participating with UNIFIL in maintaining security and stability at the southern border in accordance with Security Council Resolution No. 1701. Ratas reiterated Estonia's full commitment to the peace-keeping force.
Ratas also met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri later Wednesday. "I was able to meet with our UNIFIL forces, to see the Blue Line and familiarize myself with the situation in southern Lebanon," Ratas said after the meeting that was also attended by Cabinet Secretary-General Fouad Fleifel.
Aoun separately received a delegation Wednesday from the Episcopal committee tasked with following up on the salary scale law and its effect on private schools.
The delegation briefed Aoun on the recent developments and presented him with a copy of the proposal developed at their last meeting held in Bkirki, which studied the position of Catholic schools on Law 46 and its impact on the educational sector. The proposal aimed to address the crisis between schools, teachers and parents committees.
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