President Kaljulaid to pay working visit to Latvia, Lithuania next week

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and President of Latvia Egils Levits at the press conference in Saaremaa on June 25.
President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and President of Latvia Egils Levits at the press conference in Saaremaa on June 25. Source: Raigo Pajula

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will visit Latvia and Lithuania next week to mark the de jure 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries.

Kaljulaid will visit Riga on Tuesday and then travel on to Vilnius and the objective of the visits is to maintain interactions between the states and strengthen cooperation.

"Due to our location and shared history, Latvia and Lithuania are and will always be our closest friends. Our nations have been residing side by side on the shores of the Baltic Sea and interacting with one another for thousands of years. We share a vision of the security and future of the region as well as of Europe. While the 100th anniversary of our diplomatic relations is a symbolic and formal moment meriting celebration, we additionally always have a number of practical issues which we can and need to discuss together," Lauri Kuusing, foreign policy adviser to the president, said.

The president's visit will focus on meetings with her Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts. For the purpose of mitigating coronavirus-related risks, the meetings will be held in accordance with the rules and recommendations by the corresponding states' competent institutions. The head of state is scheduled to return to Estonia on Wednesday evening.

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