On 10 October, the Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alda Vanaga, met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guatemala to Latvia, Francisco Roberto Gross Hernández-Kramer, who is in Latvia on an accreditation visit.
During the conversation, the Ambassador outlined his ideas for developing bilateral relations between Latvia and Guatemala, for instance, through building more active cultural cooperation, presenting Guatemalan art and national traditions, establishing academic contacts in education and science, promoting student exchange, as well as trade and direct business contacts.
The Under-Secretary of State and the Ambassador appreciated the ongoing cooperation in international organisations and mutual support in the UN structures.
Interest was also expressed in a deeper dialogue between the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The officials were hopeful that the EU-CELAC Summit could be convened in 2018.
After the accreditation ceremony with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, the Ambassador is to have meetings at the Saeima – with Andrejs Klementjevs, Secretary of the Presidium – at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, and the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Ambassador will also be given a tour of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.
Diplomatic relations between Latvia and Guatemala were established on 14 January 1993.
The Ambassador of Guatemala, Francisco Roberto Gross Hernández-Kramer, resides in Stockholm, Sweden.
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