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President of Malta George Abela to Visit Estonia

24.05.2012

No 144-E

From 30 May to 2 June, President of the Republic of Malta George Abela will be in Estonia for a state visit.

The president has meetings scheduled with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Riigikogu Speaker Ene Ergma.

Within the framework of the state visit, President Abela will open an Estonia-Malta business forum at the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On the second day of the visit the president of Malta will visit Haapsalu, where he will be hosted by Urmas Sukles. President Abela will also attend the gala concert of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra “Nordic Stars” at the Estonia Concert Hall. The schedule also includes a tour of Tallinn’s Old Town led by Jüri Kuuskemaa.

During the visit, bilateral relations will be discussed. Other topics to be addressed are matters related to the European Union, such as the financial crisis and problems in the euro area. Current foreign political topics will also be discussed, including North Africa and immigration issues.

The President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves will host a formal dinner in honour of the president of Malta.

Attention journalists interested in covering the visit!

Journalists, photographers and camera operators interested in covering the visit should be accredited no later than Wednesday, 30 May at 12.00 at the address http://ankeet.vm.ee/eng/president_of_malta
Press cards will be available from the desk at the visitor’s entrance to the Foreign Ministry (Lauteri 2) as of 15.00 on 30 May.

Please specify exactly which event(s) you would like to cover!

Thursday, 31 May

10.15 Official welcoming ceremony in Kadriorg
Official photo, signing of the guestbook, first moments of meeting
(A.Weizenbergi 39)
We ask that journalists arrive by 09.50

11.30 Presidents meeting with the press
(A.Weizenbergi 39)
Working language: English
We ask that journalists arrive by 11.15

12.15 Meeting with Speaker of the Riigikogu Mrs. Ene Ergma
(Riigikogu, Lossi plats 1a)
Photo and signing the guestbook (White hall)
First moments of the meeting
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 12.00
           
13.00 Opening of the business forum
(Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Toom-Kooli 17)
Opening remarks by chairman of the board Toomas Luman
Speech by President of Malta George Abela
We ask that journalists arrive by 12.50

13.15 Tour of Old Town led by Jüri Kuuskemaa
(Starting from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 13.00

15.30 Wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to the War of Independence
(Vabaduse Square)
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 15.20

19.00 State dinner hosted by the President of the Republic of Estonia and Mrs. Evelin Ilves in honour of the President of the Republic of Malta
(Kõltsu Manor, Laulasmaa)
First moments; speeches by the presidents; national anthems
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 18.30

Friday, 1 June

12.15 Meeting with Mayor of Haapsalu Urmas Sukles and Mrs. Maret Sukles
Visit to Fra Mare Thalasso SPA

(Haapsalu, Ranna 2)
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 12.00

13.00 Tour of the Railway Museum
(Haapsalu, Railway station)
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 12.45

13.25 Visit to Haapsalu Episcopal Castle
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 13.15

13.55 Walk from Episcopal Castle to Haapsalu Kuursaal
(Haapsalu, Promenaadi 1)

17.30 Official farewell ceremony in Kadriorg 
(Tallinn, A. Weizenbergi 39)
We ask that photographers and camera operators arrive by 17.15

PRESS CENTRE
+372 637 7631
centre@mfa.ee
www.vm.ee

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