President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Picture: UNESCO/Nora Houguenade

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev will make an official visit to Finland on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The visit will be hosted by President Sauli Niinistö.

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The visit will begin with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace. After the ceremony, President Niinistö and President Nazarbayev will hold discussions about the bilateral affairs between Finland and Kazakhstan, as well as international issues such as relations with the United States, China and Russia. Afterward, the presidents will hold a joint press conference.

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In the afternoon, President Nazarbayev will lay a wreath at the Hietaniemi cemetery and visit the technology company Nokia.

President Niinistö and President Nazarbayev last met in June 2017, when President Niinistö visited the Astana World Expo in Kazakhstan.

The presidents have also met previously when President Niinistö visited Kazakhstan in 2015 and 2013. The last time President Nazarbayev visited Finland was in 2009 when the state visit was hosted by President Tarja Halonen.