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10:44 | Jul 07 | 2014

US Consul General Meets the sun at Ysyakh of Tuymaada 2014

 In late June, U.S. Consul General in Vladivostok, Mr. Erik Holm-Olsen and his family visited the city of Yakutsk. They were accompanied by Victoria N. Butyleva, Consul General's Assistant for Political and Economic Affairs.

The aim of the study visit of the Consul General was the International Conference "Cities and people: Civic initiatives - the formula of mutual trust" and the national holiday Ysyakh of Tuymaada 2014.

During the visit, the Consul General had a meeting with Alexander Soloviev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), where the parties discussed the mutual cooperation. The Consul General stressed the importance of regional relations and public diplomacy that contribute to the development of relations between the countries, even in the time of tension.

Next was a meeting at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and External Relations of Sakha (Yakutia) with Acting Minister Mikhail Kulikov and Executive Director of the Northern Forum Secretariat Vladimir Vasiliev. The parties discussed the possibility of further cooperation, including in the framework of the Northern Forum international organization, and the Yakut side asked the Consul General to assist in ensuring participation of Alaska representatives at the Northern Forum General Assembly in 2015.

Alsom there was a meeting with the Minister of Transport and Roads of Sakha (Yakutia) Semyon Vinokourov and First Deputy General Director of Yakutia Airlines Pavel Udod. During the meeting, they talked about the AlSib route, regular flights of Yakutia Airlines to the United States. Pavel Udod asked the Consul General to assist in establishing mutually beneficial relations with Alaska Airlines.

In the frame of the International Conference "Cities and people: Civic initiatives - the formula of mutual trust", Mr. Holm-Olsen met with Mayor of Yakutsk Aysen Nikolaev. Also, during the National holiday Ysyakh of Tuymaada 2014 he had a protocol meeting with Acting Head of the republic Yegor Borisov.

The Consul General and his family took part in the ceremony of welcoming the sun at Ysyakh of Tuymaada and was fascinated by the ritual and atmosphere of the event. They were happy to gainthe energy for the whole year and gladly participated in the osuokhay circle dance after meeting the sun.

During the visit, the Consul General met with representatives of the Yakutsk branch of the Rotary Club and IREX program participants, as well as U.S. citizens living in Yakutia.

Press Service of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and External Relations of Yakutia