On 13 September 2019, the State secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, met with the Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Assistant Minister Masaki Yasushi, to discuss current bilateral cooperation.
They each commended the active political dialogue and the increasingly closer cooperation in economy, education and tourism. Referring to the working visit by the Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament), Ināra Mūrniece, to Japan this past June, the State Secretary and the Director-General agreed that the high-level exchanges of visits should be continued. As like-minded partners, we must use opportunities for closer cooperation and coordination in the field of foreign policy, Andris Pelšs underlined.
The partners welcomed the increasing tourism flow from Japan to Latvia over the past years and they were unanimous that the visit by the Japan Association of Travel Agents, JATA, currently underway in Latvia, attests to the interest of Japanese tour operators in the Baltic region.
Latvia is interested in building more active business cooperation with Japan. State Secretary Andris Pelšs expressed appreciation for the upcoming visit of the Japan Business Federation, KEINDANREN, to the Baltic States in November, which is expected to give a strong impetus to the expansion of business contacts and the launching of new cooperation projects.
Andris Pelšs underlined that not only bilateral but also multilateral cooperation has great importance in strengthening a multilateralism-based approach and seeking jointly a solution to regional and global challenges. The Second Cooperation Dialogue between Japan and the Baltic States took place in Riga on 13 September and it provides an opportunity for sharing views between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Japan.
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