On 14 November 2019, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, met with the Ambassadors of Italy and Australia, who had arrived on accreditation visits.
Andris Pelšs congratulated the new Italian Ambassador, Stefano Maria Taliani de Marchio, on assuming post, expressed satisfaction with the friendly political dialogue between the two countries and thanked Italy for its significant contribution to the strengthening of the Baltic States’ security. The State Secretary pointed out that Italy is an important partner to Latvia in foreign trade.
Ambassador Taliani de Marchio made note of the good relationship between Italy and Latvia and he expressed his determination to continue developing cooperation between the two countries, with a special focus on economy, education and culture. The officials exchanged views about topics on the European Union (EU) agenda and about latest security policy issues.
In a conversation with the new Ambassador of Australia, Bernard Joseph Philip, the State Secretary discussed interests and values shared by both countries and commended the good cooperation between Latvia and Australia and the EU and Australia. He expressed hope that negotiations launched on the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement will be concluded in the near future.
Andris Pelšs noted that recent years have witnessed growth in the relationship between the countries, especially in the economic sector. To sustain that trend, work should continue on the enhancement of the legal framework with the focus on the importance of signing a Double Taxation Convention, which would open new avenues for trade and business, facilitate investment flows and strengthen the rules-based international trading system, said the State Secretary.
Regardless of the postponement, during the budgetary procedure, of the decision to open a Latvian embassy in Australia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the importance of having an embassy in Australia and will move ahead with a repeated inclusion of the matter in the budget plans for the coming years.
The Ambassadors submitted copies of their letters of credence at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ambassador of Italy was accredited with the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, on 8 November, and the Ambassador of Australia, on 15 November.