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PRELIMINARY NOTICE: The President of the Republic to leave for a state visit to the Republic of Croatia

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel will leave on February 7 for a state visit to the Republic of Croatia. In the course of the visit, Estonian-Croatian bilateral political, economic and cultural relations, as well as cooperation in the European Union and NATO context will be addressed.

On Wednesday, February 8, an official welcoming ceremony will be held at the Office of the Croatian President, followed by a tete-a-tete meeting of the presidents and a meeting of delegations. In the afternoon, the Head of Estonian State will meet with Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Vladimir Šeks, and Prime Minister Ivo Sanader. The President of the Republic will also open the Estonian-Croatian business forum, and will meet with Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandic.

In the evening, President Stjepan Mesic and Mrs. Milka Mesic will host a festive dinner in honour of the President of the Republic and Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel.

On Thursday, the President of the Republic and Mrs. Rüütel will visit the city of Dubrovnik, where they will meet with Governor of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Ivo Miletic, and Mayor of Dubrovnik Dubravka Šuisa, and visit the sights of Dubrovnik.

The official delegation accompanying the Head of Estonian State will include, among others, Toivo Tasa, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Croatia; Edgar Savisaar, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications; Aivar Sõerd, Minister of Finance; Urmas Klaas, Governor of Põlva County; Andres Sutt, Vice-President of the Bank of Estonia; Enn Eesmaa, Chairman of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee; Ela Tomson, a member of the Riigikogu, and Mati Vaarmann, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Head of State will be accompanied also by a business delegation of 15, headed by Toomas Luman, President of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On Friday, February 10, the President of the Republic will leave Croatia to attend the Olympic games in Torino.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, February 3, 2006

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