From 15 to 17 March 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will stay in London for meetings with Vice Speaker of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, Chairman of the European Union Committee, Lord Boswell, de facto deputy Prime Minister David Lidington, and the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The Minister intends to discuss with British officials the bilateral relations between Latvia and the United Kingdom, including close cooperation on security, as well as the UK’s preparations for Brexit and current international developments.
Whilst in London, the Minister will also meet with the diaspora and take part in a debate with British politicians, researchers and journalists on international issues organised jointly by the Embassy in Latvia in London and the Centre for European Reform, as well as interviews with British media – Sky News, Channel 5, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, The Guardian.
In his conversation with the Latvian community, the Minister will discuss the diaspora policy of Latvia, including the recently adopted Diaspora Law and its implementation, as well as issues of high importance for the diaspora in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Latvia and the United Kingdom are trusted allies and partners linked by their close cooperation in security, economy and trade, as well as culture, education and other areas. The UK is home to the largest part of the Latvian diaspora – more than 100 thousand Latvian nationals.