Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania to visit Estonia

  • 2023-12-07
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The president of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, and the president of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda, will visit Estonia at the invitation of Estonian President Alar Karis on Monday to talk about issues related to European security, such as what is happening on our borders, migration, infrastructure protection and the enlargement of the European Union, which will increase the security of all of Europe.

A few days after the meeting of three heads of state, issues related to the enlargement of the European Union, including those related to the start of accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, will be among the main topics discussed by the leaders of the EU member states at the meeting of the European Council, spokespeople for the Estonian president said.

The presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will also talk about promoting cooperation, including the creation of transport connections. Other topics include defense issues and joint defense cooperation and the security situation at the external borders of the European Union and NATO. The need for continued support for Ukraine will also be an important point of discussion.

The three presidents will visit the Pelgulinn State Gymnasium, discuss the role of young people in a democratic society and talk about the impacts of populism in Europe with students. The discussion will be moderated by Sergei Metlev, a teacher of democracy and human rights at the Pelgulinn State Gymnasium and chief editor of the Russian-language Posimees.

The heads of state will hold a joint press conference at 11:15 a.m., which will be live streamed online.

Students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater will perform a fragment of the play “Discovering Ukraine" for the three presidents. It is a performance created as a students' stage speaking exam, which will reach a larger audience next year. The director is Anu Lamp.

The meeting of the three presidents marks the end of the Estonian presidency within the framework of Baltic cooperation.