BISHKEK. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev left Bishkek today for an official trip to Finland. During the visit he will meet with Finland's President, Tarja Halonen, and other officials, to discuss problems of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Kyrgyz foreign minister, Askar Aitmatov, minister of foreign trade and industry, Sadriddin Jienbekov, and several lawmakers are among the members of the official delegation. It is expected that the two sides will sign the agreements on avoiding double taxation and mutual protection of their investments.
President Akayev will also meet with the former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari and give a lecture at the Paasikivi Society. His program also includes visits to Finnish companies and the Mannerheim Museum.
According to the Kyrgyz foreign ministry's press service, the official visit of President Akayev to Finland ends on April 4.