Baltic leaders make their way to Trump summit

Latvia's president and other officials were en route to Washington D.C. April 2 ahead of a summit meeting involving all three Baltic presidents and U.S. President Donald J. Trump on april 3.

President Vejonis will be in the U.S. from April 2 to April 7 and on the way home will stop off in France for a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis will be among Vējonis' entourage.

"At the summit dedicated to the centenary of the Baltic States, it is planned to adopt a declaration in which we expect a strong political message regarding U.S. support for the security and defense of the Baltic States. During the summit, it is planned to highlight future cooperation between the Baltic States and the USA, especially in the field of security and defense, as well as economic cooperation in energy, education and other fields," said Vējonis ahead of the trip.

Following the Washington Summit, the President will visit San Francisco and Silicon Valley, where he will meet with social networking companies Facebook and Google as well as meeting with Latvian businessmen operating in the Silicon Valley and representatives of the local Latvian diaspora in San Francisco and New York.

At the end of the US-US working visit, the President will attend a special Latvian-themed basketball game between the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks in the company of Latvian sports legend Kristaps Porzingis.

Then on Monday, April 9, during a working visit to France, Vējonis will meet with French President Emanuel Macron, still in the company of his Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts, and they will jointly take part in the opening of a majoe Baltic art exhibition in Paris.

"It is important for Latvia to be part of an active Europe, part of future debates. The meeting with the French President, Emanuel Macron, and the three Baltic Presidents will give us an immediate opportunity to engage in a discussion on the future of Europe," said Vējonis.

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