President to visit Portugal

Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga will visit Portugal from Sept. 13-16 to meet with political and business leaders in Lisbon and Porto, the president’s press office has announced.

Vīķe-Freiberga will meet Sept. 14 with Portuguese President Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio as well as with members of the country’s parliament. She also is expected to speak to city officials in Lisbon.

On Sept. 15, the Latvian president will meet with Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes, attend a business forum and give a speech, “Latvia in the New Europe,” at Universidade Lusiada.

A visit to Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, is on the schedule for Sept. 16. Vīķe-Freiberga will meet with local political and business leaders, as well as unveil a memorial at the Latvian honorary consulate in Porto.

Vīķe-Freiberga will be accompanied on the visit by her husband, Imants Freibergs.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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