On 13 May 2019, at the meeting between the acting State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Atis Lots, and the incoming Ambassador of Malaysia to Latvia, John Samuel, the parties were unanimous that the relationship between the countries was developing successfully. Atis Lots welcomed the recent accreditation of the Ambassador of Latvia, Normans Penke, in Malaysia. The acting State Secretary noted that it was important to continue bilateral exchange visits and he suggested that a Malaysian Honorary Consul be appointed in Latvia.
Atis Lots underlined that Latvia was interested in economic cooperation with Malaysia, especially in the ICT, food industry and timber processing sectors, which promoted the export of goods and services with a higher value added. The Acting State Secretary also called on the Malaysian side to consider a more active cooperation on expanding the legal framework – signing of a double taxation convention and agreements on education and air transport.
The officials then discussed cooperation in the formats of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the EU-Malaysia negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement, and cooperation in the UN framework.
Ambassador John Samuel holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the National University of Malaysia; he began his career in the Foreign Service in 1996. Since 2018, John Samuel has been the Malaysian Ambassador to Finland.
On 14 May, the Malaysian Ambassador presented his credentials to the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis.
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