Vike-Freiberga visits Ilves' farm

  • 2006-12-18
  • By TBT staff
TALLINN - Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves entertained Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga during a private visit to his rural farmstead on Dec. 16.
Echoing the favored entertaining style of the US President George W Bush, who often hosts foreign heads of state at his Texan ranch, Ilves welcomed Vike-Freiberga and her husband to his farm property in Arma, in the nation's center.
The two Baltic presidents spoke about the role of small nations within the EU, as well as the EU's neighbourhood policy, and support for democratic change in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Ilves gave a tour of his farm, which has been restored over the past 15 years. The two presidents then paid a visit to another nearby farmstead, that of the artist Anu Raud.
As a Christmas present, the Estonian Head of State gave his Latvian colleague a Mulgi shawl, while Vike-Freiberga gave Ilves two books 's 'A Hundred Great Latvians' and her biography.