Greece's President Sakellaropoulou begins official visit to Latvia

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece, and her partner Pavlos Kotsonis are visiting Latvia June 1-3.

The official visit marks the centenary of Latvia-Greece diplomatic relations. Security in Europe s expected to be the main focus of the agenda as host, President Egils Levits, and President Sakellaropoulou will discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Europe’s future and cooperation between their two countries.

The agenda on the first day of visit, 1 June, included a joint press conference by Levits and Sakellaropoulou, which you can watch above, and a flower-laying ceremony at the Freedom Monument.

On the second day of visit, 2 June, President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou will meet with Jānis Sārts, Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, and judges of Latvia’s Constitutional Court. Ms Sakellaropoulou will then visit Latvian National Museum of Art, exhibition ‘Purvītis’, which marks the 150th birthday of exceptional Latvian landscape artist Vilhelms Purvītis, and regular display of renovated Museum of Occupation, which will be inaugurated days before the official visit of Greek president on 30 May. The Greek President will also donate a book for the People’s Bookshelf at the National Library of Latvia and will conclude the second day of visit to Latvia at NOASS Art Centre where they will open an exhibition on the 100th anniversary of Latvia-Greece diplomatic relations.

On 3 June, the last day of visit, President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Mr Pavlos Kotsonis will meet with Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

Katerina Sakellaropoulou was born in 1956 in Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated from the Arsakeio-Psychiko School and earned a degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Law School.

On 22 January 2020 she was elected by the Hellenic Parliament as the first female President of the Hellenic Republic and assumed office on 13 March, following a distinguished career as a judge, which is incidetally also the former profession of Latvia's President Levits – so they should have plenty to talk about over dinner.

 

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