On 17 September 2021, Valmiermuiža hosted the sixth informal seminar of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Estonia, which included a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Eva-Maria Liimets, and a discussion between senior officials of both ministries on latest regional and international developments.
The Foreign Ministers underlined Latvian-Estonian cooperation in stemming the flow of illegal migration at the border with Belarus, and they also noted the need for the Baltic States to further enhance the region’s security through being active in all possible formats. The Ministers were in agreement that the close contacts and coordination between the two countries should continue through working together bilaterally, with partners in the EU and NATO, and internationally.
During the seminar, officials the two Foreign Ministries discussed developments in Belarus, Russia, Afghanistan, and transatlantic cooperation, as well as sharing opinions on EU-related issues – the climate policy, the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Single Market, and migration. The advancement of infrastructure projects important for the Baltic region was also discussed, as were the bilateral cooperation matters of current relevance.
The informal seminar of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Estonia is being held for the sixth time. The meeting is organised annually in Latvia or Estonia on a rotational basis.