Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
February 24, 2019
Congratulations to the people of Estonia on your 101st anniversary of independence. On behalf of the United States government, I want to thank Estonia for your unwavering commitment to our transatlantic community and your dedication to promoting peace, prosperity, and freedom.
The United States and Estonia share a commitment to our mission in NATO and to our Allies. We commend Estonia for your contributions to global security in Afghanistan and Iraq, hosting NATO’s Center of Excellence on cybersecurity, and dedicating over two percent of your GDP to defense spending.
Throughout the past year, we were proud to commemorate your centennial anniversary with you including hosting President Kersti Kaljulaid, along with the presidents of Latvia and Lithuania, at the White House in April for the U.S.-Baltic Centennial Summit and the U.S. Baltic Business Forum.
In 2019, we look forward to honoring more of your milestones including the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and movements like the Baltic Way. The bravery of the Estonian people in 1989 supported the expansion of democracy and freedom throughout the region.
I am sure that the partnership between the United States and Estonia will only deepen in the years to come. Õnnitlused!