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Estonian Ambassador to Lebanon Presents Credentials


No. 159-E

Today, 6 May, Estonian Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon Aivo Orav presented his credentials to President of the Republic of Lebanon Michel Sulayman.

At their meeting, the two discussed Estonia-Lebanon bilateral relations and the situation in the region. Both Ambassador Orav and President Sulayman emphasised that currently the most important thing to both nations is finding the Estonian citizens who were abducted in Lebanon. Ambassador Orav thanked President Sulayman for the active co-operation in the search for the kidnapping victims. Matters related to the abducted Estonians were also the main topic of conversation at the meeting between Aivo Orav and Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami.

Aivo Orav was born on 10 April 1965 in Pärnu. He graduated from the physics and chemistry department of Tartu University in 1990 and from the Estonian School of Diplomacy in 1992. Ambassador Orav has been working in the diplomatic field since 1992, when he came to work in the political department of the Foreign Ministry. From 1995-1998, Orav worked in the permanent representation to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna. Following that, he was the director of the division for international organisations and security policy in the political department, until he was named ambassador to Poland in 2000. Starting in 2001, Orav was the ambassador to Bulgaria and Romania, residing in Warsaw. Before becoming the ambassador to Turkey in 2008, Aivo Orav worked as the political director of the Foreign Ministry. Aivo Orav is also Estonia’s ambassador to Azerbaijan and Macedonia*. The ambassador resides in Ankara.


*Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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