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06 Dec 2017 description

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser is participating in the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan today.

Mikser, who as foreign minister of the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU is serving in the capacity of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, delivered an address in which he reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to ensuring stability in Afghanistan.

28 Jun 2013 description

The Foreign Ministry is supporting UNICEF’s activities geared towards combating polio in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Afghanistan is a partner of Estonia’s development co-operation, and one of the essential sectors that Estonia is helping to develop there is the health care sector. “Estonia supported UNICEF’s anti-polio campaign in Helmand Province, Afghanistan last year as well, and this year we decided to continue supporting UNICEF’s work,” he said.

03 May 2013 description

The Foreign Ministry is supporting a project of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences that aims to help train firefighters and rescue workers in Afghanistan and develop their leadership skills.

29 Jun 2012 description

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the activities of UNICEF geared towards combating polio in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

17 Dec 2011 description

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The Foreign Ministry is supporting the outfitting of the health care employee training centre located in the city of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, as well as the general development of the health care sector in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

08 Dec 2011 description

During their meeting today in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the NATO member states and other countries contributing to the operation in Afghanistan emphasised that the transfer of responsibility for security to the Afghan security forces is taking place according to plan. The foreign ministers confirmed that a presence will be maintained in Afghanistan after 2014, when the ISAF operation is to end. The extent of this presence and support will be established during the NATO summit in Chicago.

06 Jun 2011 description

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the project of the NPO Mondo to create a system that actively involves Estonian society in supporting widows, single mothers, orphans and street children that are struggling in Afghanistan.

14 Sep 2009 description

The Foreign Ministry is supporting MT=DC Mondo in creating a supplementary training system for doctors in Helmand Province.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that developing the health care sector in Afghanistan is a very important goal of Estonian development co-operation. "In Helmand Province, which has a population comparable to that of Estonia, there are only slightly more than 1300 people in the health care sector and fewer than 100 of them are doctors," noted Foreign Minister Paet.

03 Aug 2009 description

The oxygen delivery system of the central hospital of Helmand Province in Afghanistan, which Estonia helped the hospital procure, began functioning this week. Bost Hospital is the best and biggest hospital in Helmand Province, with beds for 150 patients and 34 doctors on staff. Together with out-patients, the hospital helps almost 300 people a day.

13 Mar 2009 description

During his meeting with Head of the EU Police Mission EUPOL Afghanistan Kai Vittrup in Kabul, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia will soon be contributing a rule of law expert to the mission in addition to its police instructors.

The goal of EUPOL is to help Afghanistan build up its police force. Foreign Minister Paet said that the European Union should dispatch the 400 planned experts as quickly as possible. Currently EU member states have sent 216 experts.

18 Feb 2009 description

The Estonian health care expert co-ordinating development co-operation in Helmand province in Afghanistan will change at the end of February. Dr.

01 Sep 2008 description

The Foreign Ministry is supporting Bost Hospital, the central hospital of Helmand province in Afghanistan, in the acquisition of medical supplies with 2,943,213 kroons (188,000 EUR). The sum was allocated from the Foreign Ministry's budget for development and humanitarian aid.

Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. In order for its development to be a success, intense co-operation is urgently needed in the realm of medicine, along with other areas.

13 Jun 2008 description

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet participated in the International Conference in Support of Afghanistan in Paris on Thursday, 12 June. The focus of the conference was building up the civil society in Afghanistan.

In talking about the effectiveness of development aid for Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised the importance of the role of Kai Eide, the UN's Special Envoy to Afghanistan, in co-ordinating the co-operation of international organisations.

10 Apr 2008 description

The Estonian Foreign Ministry donated 200,000 kroons to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action. The sum was allocated from the Foreign Ministry's budget for membership fees in international organisations.

'Afghanistan is one of the most mine-damaged countries in the world,' said Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. 'By donating to the demining efforts, Estonia is supporting the restoration of a normal and safe living environment,' he added.

21 Jan 2008 description

The Estonian Foreign Ministry is supporting the improvement of electrical power supplies in Bost Hospital in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The central hospital will receive 400,000 kroons with the project. The sum is being allocated from the Foreign Ministry's development and humanitarian aid budget.

Afghanistan has some of the lowest human development indicators in the world. In order for the reconstruction of the nation to be successful, much cooperation is urgently needed in the realm of health care.

16 Jan 2008 description

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, on a visit in Afghanistan, met with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, 15 January.

At the meeting, the parties discussed Estonia's military and civil contributions to the stabilisation and building up of Afghanistan.

President Karzai highly values Estonia's participation in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). "We are very grateful that this tiny nation so far away from Afghanistan is helping us in as complicated a region as Helmand province," said President Karzai.

14 Jan 2008 description

The Estonian Foreign Ministry is supporting the population census in Afghanistan with 500,000 kroons, by way of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, it is necessary for Afghanistan to have data on the size and concentration of the population in order to reconstruct the nation. "The lack of information has hindered Afghanistan from establishing what is actually needed," said Paet.

02 Jan 2008 description

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet signed a decree which states that Estonia will support the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University with 500,000 kroons.

According to Foreign Minister Paet, it is extremely important to support the improvement of the quality of education, as well as the level of education in general, in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan needs specialists with a broader range of knowledge, who are able to meet the challenges of a post-conflict environment and help to more effectively build up the nation and its society," said Paet.

10 Dec 2007 description

The Foreign Ministry of Estonia is giving 469,400 kroons (30,000 euros) to support the European Union Police mission EUPOL Afghanistan. The money has been allocated from the Foreign Ministry's civilian mission budget for 2007.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Estonia has consistently supported the implementation of EUPOL. "Along with the military stabilisation and development of local armed forces in Afghanistan, the development of the domestic security sector and the training of police are also essential.

05 Oct 2007 description

On Friday, 5. October, Secretary General of the Estonian Foreign Ministry Matti Maasikas attended a meeting of state secretaries from Nordic and Baltic countries (NB8) in Helsinki.

During the meeting, the situation in Afghanistan, as well as Nordic-Baltic co-operation in various international organizations was discussed.

Maasikas stated that Afghanistan is a touchstone for the co-operation of the international community. "International organizations, especially the EU and the UN, should increase their activities in Afghanistan," he said.