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Zatlers to meet Grand Master of Order of Malta

BC, Riga, 28.10.2008.Print version

Today in Riga Castle, President Valdis Zatlers will hold a meeting with His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.


After the meeting Zatlers and Festing will hold a joint press briefing, as the President's Press Office informed LETA.


At 11 a.m. the Grand Master of Order of Malta, together with President, will lay a wreath of flowers by the Freedom Monument, at 7 p.m. Fra' Matthew Festing will participate in a state dinner, organized in his honor by the president.


The president's Chapter of Orders have decided to grant 10 Latvia's state highest State Awards to members of the Order of Malta. The Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing will receive the First Class Order of the Three Stars.


The president's public relation advisor, Maija Celmina, confirmed to LETA that the Order of the Three Stars will be bestowed during the framework of the Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing's visit to Latvia, which will last until October 31.


Today, Cabinet of Ministers will review draft project on signing a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Latvia and the Order of Malta. On the side from Latvian government the memorandum of understanding will be signed by the Ambassador of Latvia to the Order of Malta Alberts Sarkanis.


The Latvian Foreign Ministry points out that signing the memorandum will enhance the development of cooperation between Latvia and Malta by diversifying cooperation in the social, humanitarian and health care sectors, as well as setting the framework and guidelines for further relations in the future.

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