On 13 May 2019, acting State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Atis Lots, met with the incoming Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Latvia, Nelson Antônio Tabajara de Oliveira, who was in Riga on an accreditation visit.
Atis Lots and the Ambassador both noted that the relations between Latvia and Brazil were good and constructive, and there was a still unexplored potential for cooperation in economy, education and culture. The parties discussed the ways to promote Latvian-Brazilian business cooperation through organizing a trade mission by Brazilian businesses to Latvia and building contacts for the export of Latvian dairy products, as well as in the information technology, pharmaceutical, and transport and logistics sectors. Acting State Secretary underlined that Latvia was interested in expanding the legal framework between both countries and will continue work on the drafting of agreements in the field of education and science. They would enhance possibilities for Brazilian students to enrol at Latvian higher education institutions and promote Latvia’s higher education export.
During the conversation, Atis Lots stated that Latvia and Brazil had a special link between them – the Latvian diaspora in Brazil, with the history dating back to the end of the 19th century, when the first settlers from Latvia left for Brazil. The Latvian side offered gratitude to Brazil for its support for the Latvian community and noted with satisfaction that the first Latvian Culture Festival was held in Brazil in 2018 to mark Latvia’s centenary.
On 14 May, the Brazilian Ambassador presented his credentials to the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, and on 15 May, he will met with the Deputy Speaker of the Saeima, Inese Lībiņa-Egnere.
The Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Nelson Antônio Tabajara de Oliveira, resides in Stockholm, the Kingdom of Sweden.
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