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Visit of the President of the Republic of Lithuania to Latvia, 15 January 2002


President Valdas Adamkus met with President Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia and President Arnold Rüütel of Estonia in Riga on 15 January 2002.

At the trilateral meeting, the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia discussed the issues relating to implementation of the US-Baltic Partnership Charter. The Lithuanian President informed about his forthcoming meeting with US President George W. Bush on 17 January. He was authorized to convey to President Bush that the Baltic countries are united in their main foreign policy goals of NATO and EU membership.

At the meeting, President Adamkus stated that three Baltic countries should co-operate in the development of infrastructure projects. The heads of state discussed the railway development and Via Baltica projects. It was agreed to examine those issues in greater detail at the regular summit of the Presidents of the Baltic states in March, in which President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland also intends to participate.

In the capital of Latvia, President Adamkus also had separate meetings with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia.

During their meeting the Presidents of Lithuania and Latvia exchanged opinions on the course of integration in the European Union and NATO, and discussed the issues of economic co-operation.

President Adamkus congratulated the President of Latvia on being granted the title of the Honorary Doctor of Kaunas University of Vytautas the Great. The award ceremony will take place on 29 April this year.

The Lithuanian leader invited President Vyke-Freiberga to take part in the discussion on the fate of languages and nations in a united Europe at Frankfurt Book Fair. According to President Adamkus, the discussion will provide a unique possibility to introduce the Baltic culture and languages. Politicians and intellectuals from Germany, Poland and other European states will also take part in the discussion.

During the meeting with President Arnold Rüütel of Estonia President Adamkus noted with satisfaction that the recently elected President of Estonia would pay his first visit to Vilnius. The Lithuanian leader regretted that he would not be able to host personally President Arnold Rüütel in Vilnius because of his visit to the United States.

President Adamkus underlined that Estonia was an important investor in Lithuania and that exports from Lithuania to Estonia were continuously increasing. The Presidents of Lithuania and Estonia agreed that further development of economic co-operation was important not only to their countries but also to the enlarging Europe.

President Adamkus was also interested in the formation of the new government in Estonia.

On 16 January President Arnold Rüütel paid a working visit to Vilnius. As President Adamkus was visiting the United States of America, the Estonian President was received by the Chairman of the Seimas, Arturas Paulauskas, and Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas. The Estonian President had a sightseeing tour in the old city of Vilnius and paid a visit to Vilnius University. At the Estonian Embassy President Rüütel met with the representatives of the Estonian community in Lithuania.

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