Ārlietu ministrs - redzam potenciālu ciešākai ES un Āfrikas Savienības sadarbībai starptautiskajos formātos

On 21 September 2022, in New York, during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, Frederick Makamure Shava. The Ministers discussed current bilateral relations between the two countries and the European Union and the African Union, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and cooperation in international organisations.

The Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs offered Zimbabwe Latvia’s expertise in the areas of digitalisation, clean and smart technologies, including in water and forest management, as well as information technologies and engineering sciences. “We see potential for closer cooperation between the European Union and the African Union in international formats, especially the United Nations,” the Minister said.  

The officials then discussed cooperation in international organisations. Edgars Rinkēvičs informed his counterpart that in 2025, for the first time, Latvia would stand as a candidate in elections to the United Nations Security Council for the period of 2026–2027.

During the conversation, Edgars Rinkēvičs noted that Latvia was prepared to welcome an accreditation visit from the non-resident Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Latvia. The Latvian Foreign Minister invited the Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe to visit Latvia.

Further information

Diplomatic relations between Latvia and Zimbabwe were established on 23 January 2015.