On 5 November, the Embassy of Latvia in the United States of America and the Atlantic Council organised a discussion with US Administration officials and academic circles on Latvia’s priorities for its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the future of the Eastern Partnership and strategies that the EU and NATO are pursuing in their relations with the Eastern European countries that are not the members of the EU or NATO.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry's Political Director Eduards Stiprais made a detailed presentation of the priorities for Latvia’s EU Presidency at this discussion. The Ambassador of Latvia to the United States of America, Andris Razāns, in his presentation, stressed that it is important already now today to be discussing the relations with the Eastern Partnership countries in preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit which will be held in Riga next May.
While preparing for Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, together with the Atlantic Council, is organising an international conference in order to exchange views on EU and US relations with Eastern Partnership countries in Europe’s neighbourhood that are neither members of NATO nor the EU. This conference, which is scheduled for next January, will facilitate deliverables and decision-making at the Riga Eastern Partnership Summit.