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The President of the Republic met with the President of Finland

President Arnold Rüütel today at Kadriorg received the President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen who arrived to Estonia for a brief visit.

Both Presidents assessed the Estonian-Finnish relations as being close and mutually supportive. While discussing contacts in the field of science and education, the Heads of State found that those contacts are mutually beneficial and have created a foundation for further deepening of relations in the future.

The Presidents discussed also matters related to the Baltic Sea states cooperation, including the cooperation in energy field in general and the plans of building a gas pipeline along the Baltic Sea bottom as a separate issue. Addressing environmental topic and also development of shipping in that context, the Heads of State expressed their hope that the Baltic Sea would be declared a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area at the forthcoming assembly of the UN International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which will be held in Finland.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, November 20, 2005

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