Irish President Higgins to Visit Costa Rica This Week

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, began this week’s visit to Costa Rica with an agenda that includes tourism, human rights and a meeting with his colleague, Laura Chinchilla, official sources said.

    Higgins arrived in San Jose on Saturday from El Salvador, but today marks the start of his official agenda to the meet with President Chinchilla at the Presidential Palace.

    According to the Costa Rican government, the leaders will discuss issues such as the next president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to who will take office in early 2014, as well as the commercial opportunities opened up by the recent entry into the Agreement Association between Central America and the European Union.

    “The visit will serve to create closer political ties, friendship, and cooperation between Costa Rica and Ireland,” said the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry in a statement.

    He added that both countries share values ​​such as respect for democratic principles, strengthening the rule of law, the promotion of peace, international security, and environmental protection.

    On the agenda for tomorrow Higgins will attend a forum on the State of the Nation of Costa Rica and is scheduled on Tuesday to give a keynote lecture called, “Human Rights in the Twentieth Century: Reasons for Hope”.

    That same day, accompanied by his wife, Sabina Higgins, the Irish President will attend the National Theatre to witness a concert pianist.

    On Wednesday Higgins completes his tour with a sightseeing trip on the Atlantic Aerial Tram, which is a cable car that goes through the treetops of the rainforest. (EFE)

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