Ambassador Kristi Karelsohn and the President of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov.
The new Estonian Ambassador to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Kristi Karelsohn presented her credentials on Friday 18 January in Skopje to President Gjorge Ivanov. Ambassador Karelsohn resides in Budapest.
At the presentation ceremony, the Estonian Ambassador reaffirmed Estonia’s support for FYR Macedonia’s aspirations for joining NATO and the European Union, and the parties stressed the need to increase economic cooperation between the two countries as well improve knowledge of each other.
During a conversation following the ceremony, President Ivanov outlined the political situation of the country. “FYR Macedonia is currently seeing events and decisions that will have a significant effect on the future of the country. The president gave me an excellent overview of the challenges and opportunities the country is facing,” Ambassador Karelsohn said. “Estonia is ready to share its experience from the accession negotiations with the European Union and enacting reforms. FYR Macedonia wishes to learn how to construct an e-state but the discussion also revealed other cooperation opportunities for our IT companies. Also, Nordica will relaunch direct flights from Tallinn to Ohrid this summer which will provide an excellent opportunity for developing tourism,” the ambassador added.
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 and Montenegro, residing in Budapest.
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