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President Iohannis to attend Armistice Centennial events in Paris

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Klaus Iohannis

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis attends a series of events in Paris dedicated to the Centennial of the WWI Armistice that ended WWI hostilities, on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, on his visit to Paris, Iohannis will attend an event hosted by the Embassy of Romania in Paris dedicated to the Romanian contribution to the development of science and technology in the Centennial Year of Romania's Greater Union. He is scheduled to meet professor Gerard Mourou, the 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, with Romanian students, masters and doctoral students in the Paris region involved in scientific research.

He will also attend the events at the Orsay Museum on Saturday and visit the 'Picasso Bleu et Rose' exhibition and take part in a dinner extended by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in honour of the heads of state, government and international organisations.

On Sunday, Iohannis will join the other leaders of the WWI belligerent countries, as well as those of the countries that supported the war effort, at the Arc de Triomphe, where the ceremony of the Armistice Centennial ceremony will take place.

Also on Sunday, he will attend the official lunch offered to heads of delegations Macron at Elysee Palace and the opening of the Paris Peace Forum. This forum is an initiative of the French President designed to generate concrete projects in the spirit of multilateralism and contemporary co-operation in support of peace.

President Iohannis's participation in the Armistice Centennial events takes place at the invitation of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

More than 60 political leaders from all over the world, presidents and heads of government, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as other leaders of the belligerent countries, will be attending events at the weekend in Paris celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, according to news agencies.

The Armistice Day is commemorated each year on November 11 to celebrate the peace treaty signed between the Entente and the Central Powers in Compiegne, France, that marked the end of the hostilities on the West Front in WWI. Initially, this truce ceased after a 36-day period. The treaty on the definitive cessation of hostilities was formally signed in Versailles in 1919.



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