On 5 April 2019, the Director of Second Bilateral Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nils Jansons, and Latvian Ambassador to Canberra, Australia, Dace Treija-Masī, met in political consultations with representatives of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: the Director-General for European Affairs, C. Raper, the Director-General for Northern Asia, G. Fletcher, the Director of the United States and the Indian-Pacific Ocean Department, W. Nankervis, and the Director of the Department for Multilateral Cooperation, G. Andrews.
During the consultations, Latvia's bilateral cooperation with Australia was discussed, including Latvia's willingness to enter into agreements on prevention of double taxation and tax evasion, as well as on air traffic. Latvian representatives drew attention of Australian partners to the possibilities of strengthening economic cooperation with Latvia, as well as key security and economic policy trends in the Baltic Sea region. The officials agreed that the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement under negotiation would open up new opportunities for cooperation between Latvia and Australia and for further extension of trade contacts.
There was also a constructive and useful exchange of views on political and economic processes and trends in the Asian and Oceania regions. Officials agreed that both economic and security policies need national action based on international law and regulations.
On 8 and 9 April, Nils Jansons participated in the discussion of senior officials of the Asian and European format (ASEM) in Sydney, where the ASEM's role in promoting cooperation and connectivity was discussed in preparation for the ASEM’s foreign ministerial meeting scheduled for December this year.
On 11 April in Wellington, New Zealand, Nils Jansons and the Ambassador Dace Treija-Masī took part in political consultations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Latvian officials met with the Director of European Affairs, R. Taylor, the Director of American Affairs, R. Kay, the Head of the North Asia Division, B. Hewson, the Head of the Asian Regional Division, Z. Coulson-Sinclair, and representatives of the Department for Multilateral Relations. During the negotiations, the interest in extending political dialogue was highlighted and the prospects for economic cooperation were discussed. Both Latvia and New Zealand are in favour of the ongoing negotiations on the New Zealand-EU Free Trade Agreement, which will provide new opportunities for entrepreneurs from both countries. The meeting raised the issue of concluding agreements on the elimination of double taxation and tax evasion, and welcomed the functioning of the Working Holiday Agreement.
The meeting also discussed developments in the Asian and Oceania regions. Colleagues from New Zealand were informed about Latvia's foreign policy priorities and developments in the Baltic Sea region.
With representatives of the Latvian community in Australia and New Zealand, Latvian officials discussed the implementation of the Diaspora Law and the activities of the community in preservation of Latvian culture and identity.
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