On 3 August, Riga hosted political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Japan. The Latvian delegation at the consultations was headed by the State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs. The Japanese delegation was led by the Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Yasushi Masaki.
At the consultations, the parties highly appreciated the active bilateral cooperation in various fields and considered possibilities for exchange visits of senior officials. A special focus in the talks was placed on the promotion of economic cooperation. The State Secretary highlighted prospects for transport and logistics, timber processing, tourism, culture, and education. The Latvian and Japanese diplomats expressed satisfaction at the increase in tourist flows and agreed on further steps in advancing business cooperation between their countries.
The officials exchanged views on the issues of current importance for the European Union and on regional and security policy. Both sides welcomed an accord reached in principle in negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan and voiced hope that the agreement will be concluded before the end of the year. In the context of support for the Central Asian countries, the parties reviewed opportunities for joint initiatives in education and reform promotion in Central Asia.
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