President Gul To Travel To France, Finland And Estonia

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul will travel to France on Sunday to attend "World Policy Conference". Gul will also pay visits to Finland and Estonia consecutively.

According to a statement from Presidential Press Center, Gul will address the opening of "World Policy Conference" which will be organized for the first time by French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) on October 6 in Evian city of France.

Gul, who will stay in Geneva, Switzerland for the conference, will also visit European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, where the experiment of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was made.

Following his visit to France, Gul will pay formal visits to Finland between October 7-9, 2008 and to Estonia between October 9 and 11, 2008.

President Gul is scheduled to meet French President Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister Matti Taneli Vanhanen, Parliament Speaker Sauli Ninisto, and Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish President in Helsinki.

Gul will address Turkish-Finnish Business meeting before proceeding to Yuvaskula city from Helsinki on October 9. Gul will visit Yuvaskula University and deliver a speech at Martti Ahtisaari Annual Conference.

The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Finnish Academy are set to sign a cooperation agreement during the visit of Gul.

President Gul will also attend "Turkish Culture Month" activities that would be jointly organized by International Culture Center CAISA in Helsinki, Turkish Culture Ministry and Turkey`s Embassy in Helsinki between October 2 and 26.

Gul will travel to Estonia on October 9 for a formal visit and meet Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Parliament Speaker Ene Egma.

Gul will address Turkish-Estonian Business Council meeting and attend opening ceremony of an exhibition before watching "Turkish Music in Europe and European Music at the Ottoman Court" concert that would be conducted by Turkish Conductor Emre Araci and Estonian musicians.

Gul will reward Estonian Poet and Translator Ly Seppelin Ehin with "Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Eminent Services Certificate" for his works about Turkish language and literature.

Bilateral relations, relations between Turkey and European Union as well as regional and international matters are expected to be assessed during Gul`s talks in Finland and Estonia.

President Gul is expected to return to Turkey on October 11th.

(AY)

(DIP)

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