Estonia National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2024 On behalf of the United States, I extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Estonia as they celebrate their National Day. Estonia’s unwavering commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law continues to inspire us all. As we mark this significant …

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Ambassador George P. Kent Remarks for Task Force Võit Award Ceremony

Tapa Base February 21, 2024   Tere Hommikust. Bonjour. Good morning.  Under Secretary Duneton, MGEN Palm, UK Ambassador Allen.  I am honored to join this morning’s ceremony. We are here at Tapa to recognize the service and contributions of UK, French, and U.S. soldiers to our collective defense within NATO, for 75 years the guarantor …

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Ambassador George P. Kent Remarks at Varnja Memorial Ceremony

February 8, 2024 Ambassador Kent: Thank you for inviting us, as colleagues, as allies, to join you for this day. In English, we often say that geography is destiny. Estonia has been on the border of east and west for hundreds of years. And I think that is the reality that you, as the guardians …

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Updated Primary Election Dates for 2024 U.S. Presidential Elections

The 2024 U.S. presidential elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.  If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, make sure to register early and request your absentee ballots.  Please see  Embassy Tallinn’s November 13, 2023, message  for U.S. citizens with information about how to register to vote from overseas in the 2024 U.S. elections. Upcoming Elections for Federal Office …

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U.S., Baltic States Sign Bilateral 5-Year Roadmaps for Defense Cooperation

Dec. 15, 2023 Dr. Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, hosted a triple signing ceremony today for the bilateral defense cooperation roadmaps with the defense policy directors from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the Pentagon. Allies were represented by Tuuli Duneton, the Undersecretary for Defence Policy for the Republic of Estonia; …

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Ambassador Kent’s Remarks at Department of Defense WMD Crime Scene Operations Course

December 4, 2023 Good morning to our Estonian and U.S. colleagues and to our visitors from the United States. We’re very honored to have representatives from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s International Counterproliferation Program (DTRA’s ICP) back in Estonia to work with Estonian officials over the next two weeks.  The collaboration that was established during …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Plan Ahead to Vote in Upcoming U.S. Elections

The 2024 U.S. presidential elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.  Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, make sure to register early and request your absentee ballots. Follow a few simple steps to …

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U.S. Aids Estonian Assistance Efforts for Ukrainian Refugees

November 3, 2023 The U.S. Embassy in Estonia announced today grant awards to three Estonian NGOs to help provide vital humanitarian assistance and services to Ukrainian refugees residing in Estonia, augmenting prior assistance provided via international organizations. The three awards total more than one million dollars in U.S. support and will supply crucial medical services …

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U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P. Kent visited the Lepatriinu Kindergarten in Rummu

October 26, 2023 U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P. Kent visited the Lepatriinu Kindergarten in Rummu on October 25, 2023, to demonstrate continued support for the partnership established through the Humanitarian Assistance program of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. European Command (EUCOM). Through the Humanitarian Assistance program, in cooperation with local …

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U.S. Navy Trains Estonian Rescue Board Divers in Underwater Demolition

October 25, 2023 U.S. Navy divers joined members of the Estonian Rescue Board (ERB) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in a field training exercise at Rummu Quarry on October 25.  Continuing an effort ongoing since 2019, the exercise sought to build ERB diving skill competencies needed to respond to underwater explosive remnants of war, focusing on …

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U.S. Army 1-506 Infantry Battalion Medals Ceremony – Remarks

October 16, 2023 Aitäh, Minister Pevkur.  I recall six months ago in March, when you arrived here in Vǒru, the snow was deep, and the temperatures 14F high. I am honored to join today’s ceremony, which recognizes your service and contributions to our collective defense as NATO allies.  Some of you may know that I …

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Ambassador Kent’s Remarks at the Completion of the Renovation of the Kindergarten in Võru

October 16, 2023 Tere hommikust! It is my pleasure to celebrate the work and renovation completed at the kindergarten in Võru. I first visited here in July, while work was ongoing. I am honored to return to represent the United States at this important occasion. Thanks to U.S. Department of Defense funds, we have been …

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U.S. Funds Renovation of Kindergarten in Võru

October 16, 2023 On October 16, 2023, the United States Embassy will celebrate the completion of the renovation of the “Päkapikk” kindergarten in Võru. The United States Department of Defense and the United States European Command’s Humanitarian Assistance program funded the renovations, which cost over a half-million US dollars.  The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn administered …

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Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann Visits Estonia

September 25, 2023 U.S. NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann will visit Estonia this week. During her trip, she will give lectures to students, meet with Estonian government representatives, and learn about Estonia’s space and science programs from businesses and entrepreneurs. Astronaut Mann will visit Hiiumaa, Tartu, and Tallinn. Astronaut Mann is the first indigenous woman …

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Ambassador Kent’s Welcome Remarks at Polar Seminar hosted by the Estonian Academy of Sciences

September 20, 2023 Good afternoon, President Soomere, distinguished panelists, Members of the Academy, and guests.  It is truly wonderful to be in this architectural gem of a building, designed by Martin Gropius, the uncle of famed German-American architect Walter Gropius, who started the Bauhaus movement and ended up in my family’s town of Boston.  I …

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Maryland National Guard and Estonian Defense Forces Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership, with a focus on Cyber

September 20, 2023 The U.S. Maryland National Guard and Estonia celebrate thirty years of State Partnership this year.  During Baltic Blitz, a cyber exercise with Airmen from the Maryland Air National Guard and Estonian Defense Forces, senior leaders from both sides participated in a commemorative ceremony on September 19th at Ämari Air Base. The partnership …

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Ambassador George P. Kent’s Remarks at the 30th Celebration of the Maryland – Estonia State Partnership

September 19, 2023 General Herem, Major General Ühtegi, Colonel Collins, esteemed guests.  Tere Päevast. I am pleased to be here today with you to help celebrate 30 years of partnership between Maryland and Estonia. In many ways, this was a perfect match, going back centuries to early names – both “lands of Mary”: Terra Mariana …

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The U.S. Embassy Opens World-famous Museum’s Outdoor Exhibition About Pollinators in Tallinn

September 14, 2023 The Embassy of the United States of America will open an educational outdoor exhibition “Pollination Investigation” on the green area between Ehte and Kolde streets in Tallinn on Friday, September 15 at 1 p.m. as part of the Tallinn European Green Capital project “The Pollinators Highway.” “I can’t think of a better …

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights Importance of International Cooperation

USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights Importance of International Cooperation on Improving Government Accountability September 8, 2023 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power visited Estonia on September 6 and 7 to participate in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit, engage with civil society, and participate in U.S.-Estonia bilateral …

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Administrator Samantha Power at 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit’s Closing Plenary

Administrator Samantha Power at 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit’s Closing Plenary | Europe and Eurasia | Speech | U.S. Agency for International Development (usaid.gov) Thursday, September 7, 2023 Tallinn, Estonia Remarks ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER: How exciting. Thank you so much. It is great to be here, and I’m so honored to be a part of a dream team panel to wind down this incredibly important gathering. Thanks to Annabel [Cruz] and Taimar [Peterkop] for all of their work pulling …

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Administrator Samantha Power at the 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit Event

Administrator Samantha Power at the 2023 Open Government Partnership Global Summit Event: State in a Smartphone – The Future of Digital Government Thursday, September 7, 2023 Tallinn, Estonia ADMINISTRATOR SAMANTHA POWER: Hello, everyone. It is great to be here, just off a plane. And I know I’ve missed some really rich discussions the last few days but we’ve had USAID, and U.S. government officials, and civil society colleagues giving us live rolling updates and it sounds like it’s …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks at the Open Government Partnership Summit

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRE-RECORDED TALLINN, ESTONIA SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 Secretary Antony J. Blinken Video Remarks at the Open Government Partnership Summit SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Hello, everyone.  I’m glad to join this year’s Open Government Partnership Summit.  I’m grateful to everyone who made this event possible: our host and OGP steering committee co-chair, the Government of Estonia, and our CEO Sanjay Pradhan. Twelve years ago, eight …

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GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights the U.S. Commitment to the Open Government Partnership

September 7, 2023 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Robin Carnahan visited Estonia from September 4 to 7 to jointly lead the U.S. Delegation to the 8th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit and to participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit (TDS). She also participated in several bilateral and multilateral meetings. “We believe that open …

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Large Delegation of U.S. Officials to Visit Tallinn for Tallinn Digital Summit and Open Government Partnership

September 5, 2023   A delegation of more than 40 U.S. officials will visit Tallinn this week to participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit (TDS) and Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The delegation includes representatives from across the United States Government including the White House, the Department of State, United States Agency for International …

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U.S. Ambassador and Estonian Minister of Education and Research Open GLOBE Estonia Learning Expedition in Tartu

August 7, 2023 U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P. Kent joined Estonian Minister of Education and Research Kristina Kallas and GLOBE Director Tony Murphy in Tartu to open the GLOBE Estonia Learning Expedition 2023, an environmental study program run in cooperation with U.S. space research center NASA. During the four-day Expedition, 150 students and teachers …

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How the U.S. Supports Estonia: 10 Things You Might Not Know About U.S.-Estonia Partnership

How the U.S. Supports Estonia 10 Things You Might Not Know About U.S.-Estonia Partnership    By: George P. Kent, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Published in Õhtuleht on July 4, 2023   Today is the United States’ 247th Independence Day. People across the U.S. are celebrating with food, family, and fireworks. It is a day to …

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Ambassador Kent Remarks for U.S. Independence Day 2023

Ambassador Kent Remarks for U.S. Independence Day 2023  July 3, 2023 As Prepared. Tere päevast!  Ministers, friends, and colleagues, welcome to this Independence Day celebration.  It has been five years since a U.S. Ambassador hosted this event here at the Residence. Thank you all for coming today to celebrate with us.  We gather to celebrate …

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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign Purchase Agreement for New Embassy

June 20, 2023 U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P. Kent and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary for Administrative Affairs Olavi Seisonen signed an agreement today, officially marking the U.S. Government’s purchase of land between Suur-Ameerika and Väike-Ameerika streets for the construction of a new U.S. embassy. In a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign …

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U.S. Ambassador Highlights Cooperation to Tackle Emerging Challenges During Financial Intelligence Unit Conference

March 29, 2023 U.S. Ambassador George P. Kent gave opening remarks at the March 29 Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Conference in Tallinn, where he stressed the importance of strong sanctions enforcement and ratcheting up pressure to cut off revenues supporting Russia’s war machine and protect international financial systems. “The Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit is making …

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U.S. Secretary of State Statement on Estonian National Day

Antony J. Blinken United States Secretary of State February 24, 2023   On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Estonia as you celebrate your independence on February 24.  For more than 100 years, the close partnership and alliance between the United States and Estonia has been grounded in our …

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Strong U.S.-Estonia Defense Partnership

                February 16, 2023 United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III arrived to Estonia today to meet with Estonian leaders, including Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. During his meetings in Tallinn, Secretary Austin reaffirmed the strong security partnership between the United …

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U.S. Secret Service Opens Regional Cyber Training Program in Tallinn

February 13, 2023 Today, the U.S. Secret Service, in partnership with the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and Baltic regional law enforcement authorities, opened a new cyber training program. The Baltic Computer Forensics Training Program (CFTP) will bring together law enforcement officers from around the Baltic region to develop new techniques to investigate and prosecute …

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USS Roosevelt Arrives to Tallinn

January 14, 2023 Press Release: USS Roosevelt Arrives to Tallinn The U.S. Embassy is pleased to welcome the U.S. Navy ship – the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) – to Tallinn harbor. The ship is in Tallinn for a routine port visit, refueling and resupplying, while also providing its sailors with an opportunity to visit the …

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U.S. Army Commanding General Highlights Support for HIMARS Procurement

January 6, 2023 Major General Stephen Maranian, Commanding General of the United States Army Europe-Africa’s 56th Artillery Command, participated in a ceremony at the Tapa military base on Friday to highlight United States support for Estonia’s recent procurement of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. Major General Maranian was joined during the ceremony by Estonian Minister of …

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The Estonian Ministry of Interior and the U.S. State Department held CBRN Response & Assistance Workshop

December 13, 2022 On December 6 and 7, the Estonian Ministry of Interior and the U.S. Department of State co-hosted the “Sub-Regional CBRN Response & Assistance Workshop (SR2 Estonia)”. The training brought together representatives from Estonian ministries involved in internal security, defense, civil protection, health, environmental protection and international affairs with officials from the United …

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U.S. Brigadier General Meets With Estonian President At Joint Military Medical Conference

December 2, 2022 On Thursday, December 1, 2022, U.S. Brigadier General Clinton K. Murray, Commanding General for U.S. Army Medical Readiness Command, Europe, Defense Health Agency Region-Europe, and Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Europe-Africa, met with Estonian President Alar Karis at the 29th Multinational Military Medical Exchange (MMME) and 15th War & Disaster Medicine Conference …

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Secretary of Defense Austin III Bilateral Meeting With Estonian Minister of Defense Pevkur

October 18, 2022 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met Estonian Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur. Secretary Austin reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to deterring Russian aggression against NATO Allies. The two leaders also discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure NATO’s credible deterrence and defense posture. Secretary Austin and Minister Pevkur discussed security cooperation and …

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Statement from President Biden Commemorating 100 Years of U.S. Diplomatic Relations with our Baltic Allies

July 28, 2022 The White House Statements and Releases Statement by President Biden Today, we mark 100 years of unbroken diplomatic relations between the United States and our three Baltic Allies — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  Through a century of struggle and reclamation, the United States has always stood by the legitimate governments of these …

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Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan and Foreign Minister Reinsalu Highlight the Strength of U.S.-Estonian Relations

July 28, 2022   Today, on the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and the United States, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Estonian relationship and to discuss our shared priorities, including continued support for Ukraine. The United States of America officially …

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CDA Brian Roraff’s Remarks at the Independence Day and U.S. – Estonia 100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Reception

June 16, 2022 U.S. Chief of Mission Residence, Tallinn Good afternoon and welcome to our annual celebration.  It’s great to be able to celebrate our Independence Day like this for the first time since 2019. The first thing I think I need to address is why are we celebrating July 4th on June 16th?  That’s …

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U.S. and Estonian Officials Highlight Security Risks of Untrusted Technology

May 27, 2022 The United States Embassy in Estonia and the Estonian Ministry of the Interior co-hosted technical experts from both countries to discuss the national security risks associated with soliciting services and technology from untrusted vendors.  Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, …

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Four Senior U.S. Government Officials Visit Tallinn for Consultations This Week

May 14, 2022 Four senior United States Government officials are visiting Tallinn this week to meet with Estonian government officials and participate in engagements with civil society. The officials are: Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander, Permanent Representative to the OSCE Ambassador Michael Carpenter, and …

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U.S. Embassy in Tallinn Kicks off a Campaign to Mark 100 Years of U.S.-Estonian Relations

April 19, 2022 On April 19, the United States Embassy in Tallinn begins its “100 Days to 100 Years” campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Estonia. Over the next 100 days, leading up to the official anniversary on July 28th, the U.S. Embassy will be celebrating many …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas Before Their Meeting

03/08/2022 06:23 AM EST   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tallinn, Estonia Stenbock House PRIME MINISTER KALLAS:  Okay.  So welcome.  It is my great, great honor to welcome you to Estonia.  I’ve been a great admirer of all of your work.  I have quoted you many times over these weeks (inaudible).  I think you’ve …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets After Their Meeting

03/08/2022 06:53 AM EST Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tallinn, Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs FOREIGN MINISTER LIIMETS:  Dear Secretary Blinken, dear Tony, it’s really an honor for me to welcome you today in Tallinn.  We just met in Washington, D.C. on the 16th of February, just on the eve of this unjustified war …

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U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Conducts Virtual Visit to Tallinn for Consultations on Regional Security 

February 7, 2022 Ambassador Julianne Smith, the United States Permanent Representative to NATO, conducted a virtual visit to Tallinn on February 7 to highlight the close bilateral defense ties between the United States and Estonia and to consult with Estonian government officials regarding ongoing work to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. In virtual meetings with Ministry of Foreign …

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Summit for Democracy Features Estonian Prime Minister and Youth Leader

U.S. Summit for Democracy, Featuring Estonian Prime Minister and Youth Leader, Reinforces Global Commitment to Democracy and Human Rights December 9, 2021 United States President Joe Biden welcomes world leaders from 110 countries, including Estonia, to the virtual Summit for Democracy on December 9-10, 2021.  The Summit, which includes participation by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas …

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U.S. Embassy Marks World AIDS Day in Narva with Renovation of HIV Clinic

November 30, 2021 The United States Embassy in Tallinn marked World AIDS Day (December 1) in Narva on Tuesday with a ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations at Narva’s HIV and Addiction Rehabilitation Center, run by NGO “You Will Not Be Alone.” The renovations, totaling more than $450,000, were funded by the U.S. Department …

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Press Release: Senior U.S. Official for Europe Highlights Strength of U.S.-Estonia Partnership

Watch Assistant Secretary Donfried’s message to Estonia here. October 26, 2021 Senior U.S. Official for Europe Highlights Strength of U.S.-Estonia Partnership, Commitment to Transatlantic Relationship During Visit to Tallinn The United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Dr. Karen Donfried, will visit Tallinn on October 26 and 27 to meet with Estonian …

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Press Release: USS Arleigh Burke to Visit Port in Tallinn

September 3, 2021   Tallinn, Estonia: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that a U.S. Navy ship – the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) – will arrive in Tallinn, Estonia this weekend for a scheduled port visit. This port visit provides the opportunity to enhance U.S.-Estonia relations as the two …

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Joint Statement on Baltic Pride

August 6, 2021 The United States Embassies in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are proud to celebrate Baltic Pride 2021 with LGBTQI+ communities across the region. Pride is about equality, respect, justice, courage, and above all, love. It is a time to celebrate, but also a time to recommit ourselves to building a safer, more inclusive …

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United States Congressional Delegation Highlights Strong U.S.-Estonia Partnership

July 8, 2021 A delegation from the United States Congress visited Estonia, July 6-8, to meet with Estonian leaders. While in Tallinn, the delegation met with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Chair of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson. The delegation also traveled to …

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CDA Brian Roraff’s Remarks at Independence Day Reception

June 1, 2021 Tallinn Botanic Garden It is very nice to see everyone.  Dear friends, ministers, and excellencies.  I’d like to begin today by saying “Thank you.”  Thank you to all of our guests who have joined us to celebrate the United States’ Independence Day. Please allow me to take a minute to also thank …

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United States Army Europe-Africa Band and Singers Perform Public Concerts in Narva and Tallinn

June 30, 2021 The United States Embassy in Tallinn welcomed members of the United States Army Europe and Africa Band and Singers to Estonia on Tuesday in advance of a series of performances across Estonia. Two of the concerts, June 30 in Narva and July 3 in Tallinn, are free and open to the public. …

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Estonia and United States Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Development Cooperation

In a virtual ceremony today 21 June, Estonia and the United States of America signed a memorandum of understanding on development cooperation in Ukraine. Six new joint projects are launched this summer and autumn. The memorandum was signed by Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Andres Rundu and Brian Roraff, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy …

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United States Army Europe-Africa Band and Singers to Perform in Narva, Harjumaa, and Tallinn

21 June 2021      The United States Embassy in Tallinn is proud to announce a series of concerts featuring members of the United States Army Europe and Africa Band and Singers. The group, called the Soldiers’ Chorus, will feature 15 musicians and singers performing a diverse program, ranging from jazz to rock and current …

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President Biden’s Meeting with Estonian Prime Minister and Latvian and Lithuanian Presidents

The White House FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2021 Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia, President Egils Levits of Latvia, and President Gitanas Nauseda of Lithuania President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia, President Egils Levits of Latvia, and President Gitanas Nauseda …

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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Open Exhibit Highlighting Key Moment in U.S.-Estonia Relations

June 3, 2021 U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Brian Roraff and Jonatan Vseviov, Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary General and former Estonian Ambassador to the United States, visited the opening of Vabamu’s new temporary exhibition “US Declaration in Support of Estonian Independence” on June 2, 2021. The exhibit tells the story of …

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On Pride Month

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 1, 2021 During this year’s Pride Month, we celebrate an important message: “You are Included.”  The diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions of the State Department community make our institution stronger and advance the goals of American diplomacy.  Out of many, we are one. The Department has committed to increasing U.S. engagement on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and …

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U.S. Paratroopers Descend on Nurmsi During Swift Response Exercise

May 8, 2021 In the early morning hours of May 8, nearly 600 U.S. and UK Paratroopers descended on the Nurmsi Drop Zone in Estonia to kick off Operation Swift Response. In addition to the paratroopers, U.S. C-17 airplanes also dropped five platforms of heavy equipment, including artillery and vehicles. The operation was a success …

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Live Fire Exercise Begins Defender 21 Activities in Estonia

May 4, 2021 On Wednesday, May 5, the United States Army Europe and Africa’s Defender 21 activities will begin in Estonia with a live fire exercise at the Tapa Central Training Grounds. The exercise named ‘Fires Shock’ will demonstrate the rapid deployment of the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), a long range precision fire …

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Press Statement: Estonian National Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021   On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Estonia as you celebrate the 103rd anniversary of your independence. The United States and Estonia share a strong commitment to global security, economic opportunity, and democratic values.  As NATO Allies, we …

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Press Release: United States Aircraft Support Estonian Independence Day Fly-Over

February 23, 2021   On February 24th, six aircraft from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) will fly over Estonia in honor of Estonian Independence Day and as a demonstration of the United States’ partnership with Estonia and ironclad commitment to our NATO allies. The U.S. aircraft — two KC-135 tanker aircrafts based …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Introductory Remarks for President Biden

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Today I get to say something that brings me tremendous happiness: President Biden, Vice President Harris, welcome to the State Department. For more than two decades, I’ve had the privilege of watching President Biden at work. I’ve seen his commitment to the American …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

JANUARY 20, 2021     The United States Capitol  11:52 AM EST    THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans.  This is America’s day.  This is democracy’s day.  A day of history and hope.  Of renewal and resolve.  Through a …

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Global Hackathon Seeks to Strengthen the Post-Crisis Economy

November 3, 2020   The United States Embassy in Tallinn, together with the U.S. Embassies in Riga, Vilnius and Copenhagen and implementing partners Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys, is proud to announce the international hackathon 48 for the Future which will find solutions to build a stronger, more resilient, and trusted post-crisis economy. The virtual …

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Press Release: USAID Deputy Administrator’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Development Cooperation

For immediate release. October 22, 2020.   On October 20 and 21, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick visited Estonia to meet with Estonian government officials and private-sector technology companies to discuss U.S.- Estonia relations, opportunities for increased development cooperation in third countries, countering malign Kremlin influence, and USAID’s efforts to advance European and Eurasian countries …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 19, 2020   SECRETARY POMPEO:  (In progress) — [The West] stands for the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression.  We drive economic growth through innovation.  We protect our people. And our way of life is the envy for the entire world. Look at the freedoms for which the people of …

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Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2020   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration. Begin Text: Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for …

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Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2020   The Welles Declaration is a proud moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy and friendship with the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Eighty years ago, the United States pointedly refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of the Baltic states into the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s criminal …

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Secretary Pompeo: Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 8, 2020 Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day   The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2020   Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we …

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Joint Training Mission to Highlight U.S. & Estonian Partnership

Joint Training Mission to Highlight U.S. & Estonian Partnership   Press Release Monday, May 4, 2020 The U.S. and Estonian air forces will conduct a training mission on May 5, 2020, to enhance interoperability and strengthen our enduring relationship.  The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to our Allies and partners through the global employment …

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2020 On World Press Freedom Day, recognized around the world on May 3, we highlight the critical role of independent media in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas so vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies. This year, as the world faces the …

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United States Army Europe Band Bringing Unique and Diverse Sound to Estonia

Joint Military Band Concert and Related Travel Postponed The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn regrets to announce that the joint concert of the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus and the Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces scheduled in Narva on Friday, March 20 has been postponed to a later date to be determined in …

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Nortal, Telia, Renee Meriste Recognized for Contributions to Transatlantic Prosperity

November 6, 2019 The American Chamber of Commerce announced today the winners of the 2019 Transatlantic Business Awards.  Nortal AS was named the Transatlantic Company of the Year for being the largest Estonia-based employer in the United States; Renee Meriste was selected as Transatlantic Promoter of the Year in recognition of his achievement in creating the Estonian American Business Alliance to …

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 Deliverables

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 5, 2019  MEDIA NOTE The  2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit  (GES 2019), co-hosted by the U.S. and Dutch governments, showcased the depth and breadth of innovations that are improving lives around the world, and the critical role of governments in enabling environments for innovation to thrive. With a …

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American Hip-Hop Artist and Rapper “Wordsmith” Touring Estonia

The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn is pleased to announce that motivational musician Wordsmith will be touring Estonia with a series of free, family-friendly concerts May 20-24. The musician and his band will visit eight cities, with evening programs open to the public in Valga, Narva, Kiviõli, and Tallinn. Wordsmith, born Anthony Parker, is a Baltimore-based …

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Press Availability at NATO Foreign Ministerial 2019

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC April 4, 2019   SECRETARY POMPEO: So good afternoon, everyone. Seventy years ago today, 12 courageous nations came together to form an alliance that to this day remains the bedrock guarantor of Western security and democratic liberties. Today, our 29 nations believe …

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Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2019 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN PRESS CONFERENCE JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019 2:15 P.M. ICT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking the Prime Minister and President of Vietnam.  We’re in Hanoi.  It’s an …

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Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State United Nations New York City January 26, 2019 Good morning. On behalf of President Trump and the American people I first want to thank Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas of the Dominican Republic, the current president of the Security Council, for scheduling this meeting. My former colleague, Ambassador Haley, …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Putin in Joint Press Conference

  July 16, 2018 Presidential Palace Helsinki, Finland 5:10 P.M. EEST PRESIDENT PUTIN:  (As interpreted.)  Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere.  I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of negotiations. We …

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Remarks by President Trump at Press Conference After NATO Summit

  July 12, 2018 NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium 12:21 P.M. CEST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  Appreciate it.  We’ve had a very amazing two-day period in Brussels.  And we really accomplished a lot, with respect to NATO.  For years, Presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the expense — …

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Remarks by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Bilateral Breakfast

  THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 11, 2018 Chief of Mission Residence Brussels, Belgium 9:13 A.M. CEST      PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Good morning, everybody.  Good morning to the media — the legitimate media and the fake-news media.  Good morning to them.  A lot of good people here.  Surprising. Q    …

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4th of July Reception Remarks by Ambassador James D. Melville, Jr.

Photo: U.S. Embassy Guests, friends, it’s an honour, a privilege, and a joy to be able to welcome you to the U.S. Embassy’s celebration of American independence. I’d like to start by thanking the sponsors of this event. Without their co-operation and support it wouldn’t have been possible. Their names are all on the signboard …

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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

  Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 28, 2018 MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today to mark the release …

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Remarks by President Trump and Heads of the Baltic States in Joint Press Conference

Issued on: April 3, 2018 East Room 1:49 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Today, I’m honored to host the President of Estonia, the President of Latvia, and the President of Lithuania at the U.S.-Baltic Centennial Summit.  Thank you all for traveling to the White House for these really important discussions.  We’ve just spent a …

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Press Release: American Cellist Ian Maksin to Play Free Concerts in Several Locations in Estonia

March 21, 2018 On March 26-30, internationally renowned U.S. cellist Ian Maksin will perform with concerts in Estonia.  Free concerts in five Estonian cities will feature classical music, works by Estonian, Russian, and American composers, as well as widely familiar pop-music. Ian Maksin has been described as one of the most versatile, talented, and innovative musicians …

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Press Release: Women’s Leadership Development Workshop for HIV/AIDS Community Activists

March 14, 2018 Press release: Women’s Leadership Development Workshop for HIV/AIDS Community Activists in Estonia and Russia to be Held in Narva, Estonia A Women’s Leadership Development Workshop designed specifically for HIV/AIDS community leaders and activists is taking place March 15-16 at the American Space in Narva.  The workshop is organized by the U.S. Embassy …

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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will …

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Narva Central Library American Space and the U.S. Embassy Film Series

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” by Howard Hawks (1953, 91 minutes). Monday, March 5, at 5:00 PM at Narva Central Library (Malmi 8). Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, …

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American Film Showcase Documentary Film Screening “Mele Murals”

Tuesday, March 6, at 5:00 PM at Narva Central Library (Malmi 8). MELE MURALS (2016) Filmmaker: Tadashi Nakamura Running time: 64 minutes Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/155597960 Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned …

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20th Anniversary of the U.S.-Baltic Charter

AP Photo Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S.-Baltic Charter. Signed by the presidents of the United States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1998, it has been a cornerstone of relations between the U.S. and the Baltic region ever since. Enshrined in the charter in 1998, these words ring just as true today: The United …

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Joint Statement to the Media

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini Brussels, Belgium December 5, 2017 MODERATOR: (In progress) ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just had a bilateral meeting and will deliver press statements to update you on their discussions.High Representative, …

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Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks from his Swearing-In Ceremony

Swearing-in Ceremony Remarks A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Benjamin Franklin Room Washington, DC November 2, 2017 Thank you for those kind words, Secretary Tillerson—I’m grateful for the confidence that you and President Trump have placed in me to lead the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Let me also …

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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at Estonian Defense Forces Headquarters

President Kaljulaid, President Vejonis, President Grybauskaitė, General Terras, Colonel Ridland, Members of the armed forces of the United States of America, Members of the armed forces of Estonia, the United Kingdom and France, it is my great honor to be here at the Defense Forces Headquarters of the great nation of Estonia.

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Remarks my Vice President Mike Pence at a Joint Press Availability with Baltic Leaders

President Kaljulaid, thank you for your warm welcome and the hospitality you have shown to me and my family.  And to you, to President Vējonis, and, to President Grybauskaitė, it is an honor to be with you today with the leaders of the Baltic States.

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4th of July Reception Remarks by Ambassador James D. Melville, Jr.

  Ministers, fellow ambassadors, your Excellencies, dear friends and guests – welcome! Tere tulemast, sõbrad! First, I’d like to start by thanking all of our sponsors! Without your generosity and support, this event would not be possible. I’d like to thank Omar Torrez and his wonderful band, for providing such great entertainment! And thank you, …

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Estonian Special Olympics Team Farewell Ceremony – Remarks by Ambassador Melville

March 13, 2017 Thank you Ambassador Danler for hosting us all at this truly special event. It’s my honor to join you this afternoon as we celebrate your trip to the Special Olympics. Dear athletes, mentors, coaches, family members and supporters, we are here today because a courageous American woman, and former U.S. State Department …

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Plastics Pollution Exhibition at the Energy Discovery Centre

Ambassador Melville and Minister of the Environment Marko Pomerants launched an interactive exhibit on plastics pollution on March 7 at the Energy Discovery Centre .  The exhibit will raise awareness about plastics pollution, describe the impact of micro-plastics on the ocean environment, and provide examples of simple actions individuals can take at home to prevent plastic from ending …

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