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Georgian president to take part in Lithuania’s 1000th anniversary celebration2009-07-06 14:18
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili who is now on a visit in Vilnius is taking part in Lithuania's 1000th anniversary celebration today. This day, July 6 is also the Day of the State in the republic.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As News Georgia reports the Georgian leader has already met with Lithuania's president-elect Dalya Gribauskayte who will take office on July 12.
Meetings with Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament and Finnish President Tarja Halonen are planned too.
The president's administration informs Saakashvili will take part in all festivities connected with Lithuania's 1000th anniversary.
A great number of guests - monarchs, heads of states, prime ministers - are expected to come to the celebration.
Lithuania's 1000th anniversary celebration will start with the state banner raising ceremony in the square in front of the presidential palace and the speech of current president Valdas Adamkus. Then honorary guests will attend a Mass in Vilnius Cathedral.
One of the primary events is the opening ceremony of the Rulers' Palace in Cathedral Square of Vilnius: this is a historical building completely restored by ancient drawings.
At night Lithuanian president and other leaders are invited to Song Festival concert in Vingis Park. They will hear ancient sutartine (a Lithuanian polyphonic folk song).
Later the guests will have a formal reception to celebrate 1000 years since the first mention of Lithuania and the Day of the State in the courtyard of the presidential palace.