On 30 May, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs received a bilateral visit from the Foreign Minister of Romania Titus Corlățean.
The Foreign Minister of Latvia commended the good relations between both the countries and their growth potential, in particular in the domain of economic cooperation, which is also witnessed by a 63 per cent increase in mutual trade during the first quarter of the year.
Within the framework of the visit, a Romanian-Latvian Business Forum was held with participation of food processing, pharmaceutical, chemical industry, IT, tourism, winemaking and agricultural companies from Romania. Minister Rinkēvičs emphasised that the forum was like an impetus for promoting economic cooperation and called on the Romanian side to make use of opportunities offered by Latvia’s geographical location and infrastructure.
Both ministers reviewed the European Union (EU) related matters, including the Eastern Partnership, which is one of the key directions in the foreign policy of both countries. The ministers also exchanged opinions on security issues in the NATO context.
Minister Corlățean thanked for Latvia’s support for the aspirations of Romania to join the Schengen area and noted that, by the end of this year, he expected a positive decision regarding accession.
Romanian Foreign Minister also congratulated Latvia on the invitation to launch negotiations on joining the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and indicated that he was looking forward with interest to Latvia’s Presidency of the EU Council in 2015.
At the end of the conversation Foreign Minister Corlățean confirmed Romania’s readiness to take part with its cultural programme in the events in Riga, the European Capital of Culture in 2014.
The University of Latvia hosted the book opening event for the collection of documents entitled Romanian-Latvian Relations. Diplomatic Documents (1918-1958), which is a tribute to the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The book contains 205 documents in both original languages, Latvian and Romanian, with English translations. Academic editors and compilers of the collection are Silviu Miloiu, Ēriks Jēkabsons, Laima Jēkabsone and Alexandru Ghişa.
The book testifies to the close relations of the countries in the field of culture and academic activities, promoted by the efforts and dedication of the Honorary Consulate of Latvia in Romania and the Honorary Consul, Ambassador Ioan Donca. Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs presented a Certificate of Recognition to the President of the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies, professor of the University of Targoviste, Dr. Silviu Miloiu, for his significant contribution to promoting cooperation between both the countries.