President Sauli Niinistö. Archive photograph: Matti Porre/The Office of the President of the Republic

The first visit to Finland of the newly-elected Estonian president, Alar Karis, and his meeting with the Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, on Thursday has been postponed because President Niinistö has been exposed to the coronavirus.

The exposure happened at Malmö International Forum on Holocaust on Wednesday where President Niinistö was visiting and where he discussed with the Latvian president, Egilis Levits, during breakfast.

President Levits later tested positive for Covid-19. As a precaution, President Niinistö will self-isolate and take a coronavirus test.

President Niinistö was supposed to meet President Karis at the Presidential Palace. The topics of discussion would have included bilateral relations between Finland and Estonia, as well as other current international topics.

For President Karis, who started his presidential term this week, this was supposed to be his first foreign trip as the Estonian president.


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