Zatlers plans state visit to Germany

Latvian President Valdis Zatlers will make an official visit to Germany from Jan. 21-22, his first trip to the country, according to the president’s press office.

Germany is among Latvia’s most important foreign trade partners, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

Zatlers is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel; President Horst Köhler; Norbert Lammert, president of the German Bundestag, the national parliament; and Klaus Wowerei, mayor of Berlin. He also is to meet with representatives of the industry group Deutscher Bund der Industrie and with Latvian businesses active in Germany.

The Latvian president also plans to address the Körber Foundation, a private group supporting public interest projects. Zatlers is to speak about Latvian foreign policy issues.

The president also will visit the International Green Week Berlin trade fair for ecologically clean products.

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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