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    Estonian president meets with units heading to Lebanon, Afghanistan

    TALLINN, Apr 16, BNS – Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid met with two units of the defense forces on Monday that are scheduled to depart for missions at the end of May -- Estpla-25 who is to head to Lebanon and Estguard-4 who is to go to Afghanistan.

    "I wish that your service would be quiet and uneventful. I know that you trust your commanders, will not forget your training, listen to the wise words of veterans and remember that routine can be damn dangerous sometimes," Kaljulaid was quoted by spokespeople as saying in Paldiski.

    She stressed that unlike in occupied Estonia, today's Estonians have the opportunity to stand for their country and defend its independence and dignity. "A dignified country shows by standing with its allies that it cares for the values, based on which we have demanded for our right to live and continue to do so in the family of other countries. Your work and actions are what prove this to the world, to our allies, but also to our enemies, which is equally important. I thank you for accepting this responsibility," the head of state said.

    According to Kaljulaid, there are tense times in the Middle East at the moment. "What happened in Syria this weekend showed vividly that the international community does not tolerate the use of chemical weapons. And it is also a sign that values are still important," she said, adding that one should hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

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    • Published: 16.04.2018 16:08
    • LETA, BNS
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