Latvian President Egils Levits, who met with his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid in Kuressaare, capital of Saaremaa island, on Thursday, said that the reopening of a boat service between Latvia and Saaremaa would be absolutely great, regional newspaper Saarte Häal reported.
In a humorous remark at the joint press conference of the two heads of state, Kaljulaid said that when the boat service between Saaremaa and Latvia resumes she will warm up the smokehouse at her summer cottage in Saaremaa, expecting her Latvian colleague to come over for a visit.
The Latvian president meanwhile observed that both he and the president of Estonia have summer homes by the sea: the president of Estonia in Saaremaa and he by the Irbe Strait in the Curonia region of Latvia, from where there's a short distance to Saaremaa.
"Of course it would be absolutely great," the president of Latvia said of the prospect that the boat service will reopen.
He expressed hope that this could happen next year.
"I hope to come by boat then," Levits said. The president of Estonia also said she would return a visit to Latvia by boat.
Both presidents contended at the press conference that Saaremaa has always been a beloved destination for Latvians.
"I invite all Latvians to visit our beloved island," Kaljulaid said.
Editor: Helen Wright