Estonian Foreign Minister visits Afghanistan, January 2011.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet traveled to Afghanistan this January. He met with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal in Kabul before visiting Estonian troops stationed in southern Afghanistan.

Paet visits Estonian soldiers in Afghanistan.Foreign Minister Urmas Paet traveled to Afghanistan this January. He met with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal in Kabul before visiting Estonian troops stationed in southern Afghanistan.  (MFA)

While meeting with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leader General David Petraeus, Paet argued that NATO members ought to make the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan together.

“The nations that are responsible for areas in which responsibility will be transferred to the Afghans sooner shouldn’t necessarily leave, but rather continue contributing in other regions or increase their contributions to training,” he said.

General Petraeus commended Estonia’s contributions to ISAF, adding that, “Taking into account the size of Estonia’s population, Estonia is one of our most significant partners.” (MFA)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued the following press releases on Paet’s visit: