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President of Latvia will visit Estonia next week

Tervitustseremoonia Kadriorus.
Welcoming ceremony in Kadriorg.
© Vabariigi Presidendi Kantselei

03.04.2019

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will come to Estonia for a state visit from 9-11 April. He will meet the President of Estonia, the Speaker of the Parliament and the Prime Minister and visit the Locked Shields cyber defence exercise. On the second day of the visit, President Vējonis will visit Tartu, where he will meet the Mayor, visit the Estonian National Museum and deliver a public speech at the University of Tartu.

The Latvian Head of State will be accompanied by the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Economy Ralfs Nemiro and Member of the Parliament Jānis Vucāns.

On 10 April, President Raimonds Vējonis and Iveta Vējone will meet President Kersti Kaljulaid and Georgi-Rene Maksimovski in Kadriorg. Following the meeting, the heads of state will give a press conference. The President of Latvia will then place a wreath at the base of the War of Liberty Victory Column and head on to Toompea, where he will meet the Estonian Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Estonian Parliament. The Latvian Head of State will also visit Maarjamäe Memorial Grounds and Locked Shields, an international cyber defence exercise, and meet with the local Latvian community at the Latvian Embassy in the late afternoon. In the evening, President Raimonds Vējonis and Iveta Vējone will attend a state dinner held by President Kersti Kaljulaid and Georgi-Rene Maksimovski at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa.

On 10 April there is also going to be a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Estonia and Latvia and after the meeting Estonian-Latvian Language Award ceremony takes place.

On 11 April, President Vējonis will visit Sakret, the largest mortar factory in the Baltic States, which was founded on the basis of Latvian private capital and is located near Paide. In Tartu, the Latvian and Estonian Presidents and their spouses will visit the Town Hall and meet Mayor Urmas Klaas.

In the afternoon, the Latvian Head of State will deliver a public speech about the role of knowledge in the defence of liberties in the Assembly Hall of the University of Tartu. This is followed by the commemoration of the soldiers of the Latvian Riflemen Regiment and Latvian refugees at Uus-Jaani Cemetery in Raadi. The state visit will conclude with a visit to the Estonian National Museum.