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The President of the Republic of Estonia met the President of the Republic of France

From left: president Lennart Meri, Ambassdor of Estonia in France Ruth Lausma Luik, the President of the Republic of France Jacques ChiracPresident Lennart Meri had a meeting with Jacques Chirac, the President of the Republic of France, at Elysee Palace today. On the meeting that lasted for more than an hour, President Chirac recalled his recent state visit to Estonia and expressed his great pleasure with the visit. He said that he had discovered Estonia for himself, and that he had seen the results of Estonia’s courageous and intelligent activity.

As President Chirac said, considering the political and economic progress, there is no doubt that Estonia has well deserved her place in the first round of accession to the European Union – Estonia’s successful development in the last ten years confirms that.

Chirac was interested in the presidential elections in Estonia, and in the possible successor to President Meri’s office. As Chirac said, the relations of Estonia and France are now the best and deepest of all times – also the exhibition of Estonian paintings in an imposing exhibition hall is a proof of that. In bilateral relations, only the modesty of economic relations is regrettable, Chirac said. Also cultural co-operation between Estonia and France was discussed.

Chirac was also interested in Estonia’s relations with other countries, especially Finland, Lithuania, and Germany. Also the situation in Russia was discussed.

President Chirac announced his firm intention to come to Estonia for a holiday trip, to walk in the Old Town of Tallinn and to visit President Lennart Meri’s home at Viimsi.

Press Service of the Office of the President

Kadriorg, August 31, 2001


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