Estonia's new president to make first foreign visits to neighboring countries

President Kersti Kaljulaid.

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Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will during October make one-day get-acquainted visits to Finland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Kaljulaid will be in Helsinki on Thursday for meetings with the Finnish head of state, Sauli Niinisto, and parliament Speaker Maria Lohela, the office of the president said. She will proceed from Helsinki to Riga to meet with Latvian President Raimons Vejonis and Speaker Inara Murniece.

The Estonian and Lithuanian heads of state are to meet on Oct. 26 in Vilnius.

«In the light of the challenges facing Europe, close regional cooperation among Nordic countries and Baltic states is more and more important. Our greatest allies are the countries closest to us,» the president explained why her first visits will take her to neighboring countries.