Edgars Rinkēvičs confirms Latvia’s readiness to support Macedonia on its course towards the EU and NATO

02.11.2017. 17:34

On 2 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), who is in Latvia on a working visit. At the meeting, the ministers shared views on the latest international developments, the state of affairs in the Western Balkans, Macedonia’s integration with NATO and the European Union, and bilateral cooperation between Latvia and Macedonia.

During the conversation, Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasised that Latvia supports Macedonia’s integration with the EU and called for carrying out the necessary reforms. Minister Rinkēvičs commended the Twinning project, “Strengthening the Rule of Law”, implemented in Macedonia and developed in cooperation between the Ministry of Justice of Latvia and Croatia, and affirmed that Latvia supports NATO’s open door policy and Macedonia’s aspirations of joining the Alliance. Latvia and the EU as a whole have an interest in a stable Western Balkans region, the Minister noted referring to the situation in Western Balkans.  

Both Ministers were unanimous that Latvia and Macedonia enjoy good bilateral relations. They agreed, however, that the political dialogue and economic and cultural cooperation should be expanded. The Ministers welcomed the development of inter-parliamentary contacts and the fact that a group for cooperation with the Macedonian Parliament has been established in the Saeima (the Latvian parliament) at the very time of Minister Dimitrov’s visit to Latvia.

The Foreign Minister of Macedonia is visiting Latvia on 1-2 November.

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