The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

21.04.1999 PRESS RELEASE

A dinner for the Diplomatic Corps in Helsinki

The President of the Republic and Mrs Eeva Ahtisaari will entertain the heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to Helsinki and their spouses to dinner in the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, April 21, 1999.

About 170 guests will attend, ca. 130 of whom will be diplomats. Finnish political leaders, top-ranking civil servants and civil servants from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs have also been invited.

The following persons will be seated at the top table alongside the President of the Republic and Mrs Eeva Ahtisaari: The Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Burkina Faso, Anne Konate; the Ambassador of Ethiopia and Mrs Roman Gebre Selassie; the Ambassador of Botswana, Sekgoma Tshekedi Khama; the Ambassador of Austria and Mrs Gerhild Ettmayer; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tarja Halonen; Committee Counsellor, Pentti Arajärvi; and First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Sirkka-Liisa Anttila and Risto Anttila.

Mushroom cappuccino and smoked-reindeer wafer
Partridge breast in spruce jelly with marinated asparagus
Smoke-flavoured fillet of hare and morel-tar sauce
Birch liqueur apples and willowherb ice cream
During the dinner, there will be a performance by the Guard's Band conducted by Music Major Elias Seppälä and the octet of the Singers of the Student Union.

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