On 18 May 2018 in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, to discuss the Under-Secretary-General’s aims and priorities in her future activities, exchanged views about topics high on the UN agenda, including developments in Syria, the conflict in the east of Ukraine, and Iran’s nuclear deal.
The officials shared opinions on developments in the eastern Ukraine. Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed regret that the clash between Ukraine and Russia was a serious conflict in Europe calling for a realistic political and practical solution. The Minister expressed conviction that real peace in the east of Ukraine could be achieved under a UN mandate deploying UN peace-keeping forces at the Ukrainian-Russian border.
The parties also discussed the state of affairs in the Middle East, including the conflict escalated in the Gaza Strip. Edgars Rinkēvičs noted that Latvia was not planning to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Every effort must be made to de-escalate the situation in the Gaza Strip, said the Minister. Latvia believes, he stressed, that a successful solution to the Middle East Peace Process could only be achieved if negotiations resulted in peaceful coexistence of two countries – Israel and Palestine.
Edgars Rinkēvičs congratulated Rosemary DiCarlo on taking up office and stated his readiness to cooperate closely.
Upon the decision of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Rosemary DiCarlo was appointed Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs as from 1 May 2018, succeeding Jeffrey Feltman.
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