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State visit to Switzerland

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender visited Switzerland from 25 to 26 April 2018. In Berne, the Federal President first of all held political talks with the Swiss Federal President Alain Berset and members of the Federal Council. On the second day, the Federal President held a speech at the University of Fribourg and discussed the future of democracy with the Swiss Federal President. The trip ended with a visit to the grave of Thomas Mann.

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State visit to the Republic of India

The Federal President and Elke Büdenbender payed a state visit to the Republic of India from 21 to 26 March. They were received by President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi, where the Federal President also held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and civil society representatives. Moreover, they traveled to Varanasi, which is a holy city for Hindus and Buddhists, and to Chennai, which is an important location for German business in India.

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On the occasion of the dinner in honour of Horst Köhler

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech on the occasion of the dinner in honour of Horst Köhler on 8 March: "You brought international experience to your new role, as well as an awareness of the considerable and, above all, growing responsibility which an economically strong, politically stable and globally respected country like Germany shouldered – and had to accept – in an increasingly complex world."

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Official visit to Portugal

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to the Portuguese Republic from 1 to 2 March 2018. In Lisbon, he held political talks with the President, the Prime Minister and the President of the Assembly of the Republic. On the second day of the trip, the Federal President travelled to Porto, where he visited the Science and Technology Park at the University of Porto (UPTEC) and attended cultural events together with the Portuguese President.

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