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President visits Russia

September 9, 2010

Press Statement from Áras an Uachtaráin

President McAleese has commenced a four-day official visit to Russia, departing on Tuesday 7th and returning on Saturday 11th September. The visit will include engagements in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, the President will be accompanied by Minister of State, Mr Billy Kelleher TD and will lead a trade delegation involving some 30 Irish companies and agencies. On arrival on Tuesday evening (7 September), the President made a courtesy call on the Mayor of Moscow, Mr Yury Luzhkov. A key element of the President’s programme focussed on encouraging trade and business links between Ireland and Russia. This was the main theme of an Enterprise Ireland dinner addressed by the President, as well as the focus of her participation in a Business Network breakfast on the following morning.

Later on Wednesday (8 September), the President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by an address at a Russia-Ireland Forum on Nanotechnology sponsored by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Later in the day, the President met His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church and in the evening attended a performance of traditional Irish music and dance,.

On Thursday (9 September) President McAleese will meet the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin.

On Thursday the President will also deliver an address, “Ireland and Russia in the 21st Century” at the Diplomatic Academy of Foreign Affairs. The President will in the afternoon depart Moscow for St Petersburg where, on arrival, she will pay a visit to the Memorial to the Siege of Leningrad.

On Friday (10 September) the President will deliver an address, “Legal Education and the Economics of the Future” at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics (FINEC). She will also attend a lunch hosted by the Governor of St. Petersburg, Mrs Valentina Matvienko. In the evening, the President will visit the State Heritage Museum where she will also attend a performance of Irish music and dance to celebrate the strong cultural links between Ireland and Russia.

On Saturday morning (11 September), the President will visit Catherine Palace and afterwards will depart St Petersburg for Dublin.

Source: http://www.president.ie/index.php?section=2&newsletter=23&sub=11&lang=eng

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