On 6 June 2019, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Andris Pelšs, and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Matti Anttonen, met for political consultations in Helsinki.
Andris Pelšs expressed satisfaction with the traditionally close relations between Latvia and Finland, based on constructive cooperation in the most diverse areas and at various levels. “We are interested in taking forward our excellent partnership in various EU and regional cooperation formats and developing important infrastructure projects, such as, for instance, Rail Baltica. We share a common wish to strengthen the region’s security. Both Latvia and Finland demonstrate resilience in countering hybrid threat and cyber-attacks and in the fight against disinformation,” the State Secretary emphasised.
“We welcome the priorities set by the Finnish Presidency. EU growth, security and climate, alongside the issues of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework and migration have a high priority and are also important to Latvia,” Andris Pelšs noted.
During the consultations, the partners discussed a broad range of topics concerning international cooperation, including the transatlantic cooperation, relationship with Russia and China, and other issues.
On 6-7 June in Helsinki, State Secretary Pelšs took part in an informal meeting for State Secretaries from the Foreign Ministries of the EU Member States. At the event, the new Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto, introduced his counterparts from EU Member States to Finland’s priorities for its Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The meetings of State Secretaries from EU Ministries of Foreign Affairs are held twice a year, and they are organised by the incoming EU Presidency ahead of the new presidency term. Finland is assuming Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July 2019.
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