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Tsahkna: Italy is an important member of NATO's southern wing
Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna met in Rome, Italy, with Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, with whom regional security, NATO, the Estonian Presidency of the European Council, the fight against terrorism, and immigration related topics were discussed.
According to Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna, Italy is an important member of NATO’s southern wing, with whom cooperation should be intensified.
“Today, the actual fight against terrorism is a subject equally important to Italy as well as Estonia. I confirmed to the Italian Minister of Defence that Estonia is ready to contribute in every way possible to the fight against terrorism and that this could be one of the core points for defence cooperation between our two countries,” said Tsahkna.
Estonia’s Minister of Defence also introduced Estonia’s priorities for the term of its Presidency of the European Council, at the heart of which is a secure and protected Europe.
In addition, Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna visited the headquarters of the EU Naval operation EUNAVFOR Med SOPHIA, gave a presentation at the NATO Defense College and met with Francesco Saverio Garofani, Chairman of the Defence Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament.
In his speech at the conclusion of the 39th Higher National Defence Course, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik emphasised that Estonia’s national defence model requires awareness by citizens and situational awareness by the state.