Edgars Rinkēvičs meets the new ambassadors to Latvia

12.09.2018. 22:16
Edgars Rinkēvičs meets the new ambassadors to Latvia

On 12 September 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, welcomed introductory visits from the Ambassadors of Finland, Poland, the Kingdom of Norway, and Slovakia accredited to Latvia.

Upon welcoming the Ambassador of Finland, Riitta Korpivaara, the Minister congratulated her on assuming her post and underlined the active bilateral relationship. Being in a near geographical proximity to one another, both countries are closely cooperating in politics, economy, culture, and people-to-people contacts. This is also evidenced by the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö’s upcoming visits to Latvia to take part in the informal meeting of the Arraiolos Group and the celebration of the Centenary of Latvia on 18 November.

The Foreign Minister and the Ambassador were unanimous that the two countries should go ahead with their cooperation in the field of strengthening security and defence capabilities and reducing hybrid threat in the Baltic Sea region, while enhancing partnership in the European Union, in regional cooperation formats and international organisations.

In a conversation with the Ambassador of Poland, Monika Michaliszyn, Minister Rinkēvičs highlighted the good relationship between the countries as well as their close cooperation in NATO and in the framework of security matters and the European Union’s foreign policy. The Minister referred with appreciation to his participation in the Krynica Economic Forum on 4 September and underlined the importance of his visit to Georgia together with the Polish and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers on 6-7 August to mark ten years since Russia’s incursion in Georgia.

The Ambassador pledged a political will to continue close contacts with Latvia and expand defence cooperation. Edgars Rinkēvičs thanked Poland for its contribution to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group in Latvia and stressed the need for expanding cooperation in foreign policy and security. The Ambassador confirmed she was prepared to work in a coordinated manner on energy-related issues and mutually beneficial business contacts.  

In a meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Kristian Ødegaard, the relationship between Latvia and Norway were characterised as excellent. The official visit to Latvia by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway this past April was referred to in an especially positive way. The Ambassador confirmed that he would take forward the relationship both bilaterally and in the context of the Baltic-Nordic cooperation. Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed hope that the matter of fishing for snow crab in the Svalbard waters would be resolved by diplomatic means.

In their conversation, Edgars Rinkēvičs and the new Ambassador of Slovakia, Ladislav Babčan voiced appreciation of the active political dialogue between Latvia and Slovakia. The officials underlined their interest in working closely together on the EU-related issues and multilateral formats, including in the framework of the Baltic, Nordic and Visegrad Group cooperation. The Foreign Minister offered thanks to Slovakia for contributing its troops to the NATO multinational battle group in Latvia and highlighted opportunities for expanding economic cooperation between the two countries.


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