On 25 June, the new Estonian Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia Kristi Karelsohn presented her credentials to President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade. Ambassador Karelsohn resides in Budapest.
During a conversation following the presentation ceremony, Vučić stated that Serbia had firmly chosen the course of integrating with the European Union and appreciated Estonia’s support for that objective. Ambassador Karelsohn affirmed that Estonia supported Serbia’s advance in EU negotiations, as our own experience demonstrated the importance of both the reforms made for joining the EU as well as the effect membership had on the development of the country’s economy.
At the meeting, President Vučić and Ambassador Karelsohn noted that there was still room for development in the economic relations between Estonia and Serbia. “Estonian companies have expressed interest in investing in Serbia and those who are already active there have recognised the good business environment of Serbia,” Ambassador Karelsohn said.
Ambassador Kristi Karelsohn graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Estonian philology in 1993 and from the Estonian School of Diplomacy in 1994. The same year, Karelsohn joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she has worked in the departments of state protocol and foreign economic policy, and in the international organisations division of the political department. She has also worked in the embassies of Riga and Helsinki as an economic diplomat. In 2010-2014, Karelsohn was the head of trade policy and international economic organisations division of the Foreign Ministry’s external economic and development cooperation department. She was the Estonian Ambassador to Ireland from August 2014 until the summer of 2018. Since October last year, she has been the Estonian Ambassador to Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.