Ilves US Visit to Cover Both Coasts, Plus Commencement Speech in Minnesota ({{commentsTotal}})


President Toomas Hendrik Ilves today began a working visit to the United States, where he will give a speech at the World Bank on Estonia's e-success.

Ilves will also receive an honorary degree from St. Olaf College, where he will be the  speaker at the graduation ceremony on May 25.

He will also speak at Stanford and George Washington universities, meet IT company heads, the IT minister of Singapore and take in a Tõnu Kaljuste concert. The President and the First Lady will return to Estonia on May 29.

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas is in Vilnius today to meet his counterpart Algirdas Butkevičius. The main topic of discussion was the Rail Baltic project, which seems to be moving along after Lithuania dropped a demand that Vilnius also be added to the high-speed rail-link at the beginning of the project.

Rõivas said the next step is to create a new company and apply for EU funding.

Security was also discussed, with Lithuania reaffirming a promise to increase defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2020.

Rõivas also met Dalia Grybauskaitė, the Lithuanian president.

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