June 28, 2023
A delegation of three U.S Congressional leaders from the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security is visiting Estonia from June 27-29 to reinforce the cybersecurity partnership between the United States and Estonia. During their visit to Tallinn, the delegation will discuss cyber cooperation with Estonian Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs Nele Leosk, Ministry of Defense Permanent Secretary Kusti Salm, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary General Jonatan Vseviov, and RIA Deputy Director Gert Auväärt, amongst other government officials.
“Estonia is a cyber leader and an important partner for the United States,” Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2), head of the delegation and Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, said. “We look forward to our visit and the important discussion of how our two countries can continue to work together to protect our networks and strengthen critical infrastructure security and resilience.”
Other members of the delegation include Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) and Rep. Rob Menendez (D-NJ-8), as well Congressional staff and liaisons. Kaitlin Jewel, Acting Associate Director for International Affairs at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is also accompanying the delegation while in Estonia.
In addition to meetings with Estonian government officials, the delegation will visit the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and meet with Estonian alumni of the Congressional Office of International Leadership (COIL) program, a U.S. Congress-sponsored exchange program.