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Independence Day congratulations arriving at the Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia

On the occasion of Estonia's National Day, the Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the French President Jacques Chirac, Albert the King of Belgium, the Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf, Elizabeth II the Queen of Great Britain, the Hungarian President Ferenc Mádl, the Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, the Irish President Mary McAleese, the Romanian President Ion Iliescu, the Slovak President Rudolf Schuster, the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, as well as Sir William Deane, the Governor General of Australia, Akihito the Emperor of Japan, Joachim Prince of Denmark, the Greek President Constantinos Stephanopoulos; Adrienne Clarkson, the Governor General of Canada; Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Abdullah II the King of Jordan and Glafcos Clerides, the President of Cypros, have extended their congratulations to President Lennart Meri.

Also the Emir of Bahrain Hamad Bin Essa Al-Khalifa; Shahabuddin Ahmed, the President of Bangladesh; Chandrika Sandaranaike Kumaratunga, the President of Sri Lanka; and the President of Israel Moshe Katsav have sent their congratulations on the occasion of Estonia's Independence Day.

Many people living in Estonia, as well as several establishments, have congratulated the Estonian Head of State on the occasion of the Independence Day, and also the crew of the yacht ''Lennuk'' sailing around the world has sent their regards. Mart Saarso, the captain of Lennuk, wished the President success in further development of our small maritime country. Also children from the ''Pallipõnni'' kindergarten in Tallinn and schoolchildren from Saaremaa Joint Secondary School sent their best wishes.

Press Service of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, February 23, 2001


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