09/27/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/27/2017 00:42
President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella is on a state visit to Finland on 26 - 28 September 2017, accompanied by his daughter Laura Mattarella. The visit is hosted by Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland, together with his spouse Mrs Jenni Haukio. President Niinistö and Mrs Haukio will receive their guests at a welcoming ceremony in the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, 27 September 2017. Webcast of a joint press conference at 11:40 Finnish time (+2 GMT): https://presidentti.videosync.fi/live.
The agenda for the state visit will include a bilateral discussion between the presidents as well as discussions among a larger group. Themes of the discussions will include political and economic relations between Finland and Italy, security policy questions, as well as other current international questions. The day will conclude with a state dinner at the Presidential Palace hosted by President Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio.
During his visit President Mattarella will also meet with Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Maria Lohela and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
President Sauli Niinistö paid a working visit to Italy in November 2014 during which he met with President Giorgio Napolitano. The previous state visit from Italy to Finland was in 2008 when President Napolitano met President Tarja Halonen.