Today, 2 November, the new Estonian Ambassador to France Lembit Uibo presented his credentials to the President of France Emmanuel Macron.
This year, Estonia and France celebrate the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the relations in August 1991. Estonia and France are close allies in NATO and the European Union.
In October 2020, the countries signed the Strategic Partnership Declaration, the objective of which is to provide a framework for and develop the good relations between Estonia and France in a wide range of fields of cooperation.
During the ceremony, the parties expressed their happiness over their increasingly closer partnership, particularly in regard to defence, and digital and cyber security. Ambassador Uibo thanked France for its participation in the NATO battle group (eFP) in Estonia. President Macron commended the cooperation between Estonia and France in Africa and expressed hope that France can rely on Estonia to push important topics forward during the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union next year.
Lembit Uibo has been in the service of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1999, when he assisted the accession negotiations and prepared the European Union Accession Treaty as a diplomat of the Office of European Union Law. He has been the government’s representative in the Court of Justice of the European Union, Ambassador to the European Union Political and Security Committee and Ambassador to Prague and the Kingdom of Belgium. Lembit Uibo worked as the Director General of the Political Department of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2018 and as the Ambassador in the Republic of Iraq since 2020.
He has attended the Estonian School of Diplomacy and has a Master’s degree in European and comparative law from Maastricht University.