On 25 September 2018, during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Khemaies Jhinaoui. The Ministers discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, including cooperation in economy and international organisations.
The Latvian Foreign Minister drew his counterpart’s attention to the potential for economic cooperation between Latvia and Tunisia and invited Tunisian businesses to explore Latvia as an emerging innovation and technology hub in Northern Europe, a country producing competitive products of the global-level quality.
Minister Rinkēvičs noted that Latvia would like to sign an agreement between the Ministries of Transport of both countries on the international traffic of passengers and cargo.
Edgars Rinkēvičs invited the Tunisian Foreign Minister to visit Latvia. “Your visit to Latvia would offer an opportunity for us to expand our legal framework by signing a Convention on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital,” Edgars Rinkēvičs said.
Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs also proposed that the first political consultations between Latvia and Tunisia should be organised next year.
Tunisia recognised the independence of Latvia on 2 September 1991, but their diplomatic relations were established on 26 June 1992.
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