Ratas met with the Estonian community of New York

Sep 24
Created: 24 September 2018

rime Minister Jüri Ratas met with the Estonian community of New York at the New York Estonian House to hear their opinions on preserving the Estonian culture and the future, celebrating the anniversary of our nation, and Estonia’s increasing role and responsibilities in the world.

In New York, the heart that holds the Estonian community together has been the New York Estonian School, which has operated at the Estonian House for decades and is one of the oldest Estonian complementary schools in the world. “I know that the New York Estonian School has struggled with a lack of teachers, teaching materials, and space. I admire your efforts to keep in touch with Estonia and carry the Estonian culture,” Ratas commended the school. 

Estonia currently supports Estonians who live abroad through a Compatriots’ Scholarship programme that offers support in maintaining fluency in speaking our language, preserving Estonian national culture and identity, and the possibility of returning to Estonia. “Carrying the Estonian language and culture through generations is important in Estonia as well as abroad. You should always remember that Estonia awaits you. You are always welcome home – may it be for a short visit to the song and dance festival or a permanent move back,” Ratas said.

USA has also always supported preserving and developing various cultures and languages. “As we know, there can never be too many friends. We continue to value friendly relations with countries who we can depend on, and who can also depend on us,” Ratas said.

“USA is an important partner for Estonia. We highly appreciate their contribution in maintaining the security in the Baltic States and the whole NATO,” Ratas assured while adding that Estonia also wishes to support allies and good friends in ensuring and maintaining peace in the world.

Tomorrow, on 24 September, the Prime Minister will participate in the high-level Nelson Mandela Peace Summit and meet with Mamuka Bakhtadze, the new Prime Minister of Georgia, Taneti Maamau, the President of Kiribati, and Abdelkader Messahel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria.

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