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Baltics and Iceland agree on strengthening mutual cooperation

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCelebrating 25 years since the foundation of diplomatic relations between Iceland and Baltics, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics visited Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik on 26 September to discuss regional news and international relations with ministers from Iceland, Estonia and Lithuania.

During the meeting with Iceland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lilja Alfredsdóttir, Rinkevics discussed regional cooperation matters and emphasized that NB8 format can play a major role in the new political situation, considering its informal nature, ability to focus on complicated international matters and balance between political and practical cooperation components.

«Baltic and Nordic region, thanks to a high level of economy and innovations, as well as common values, is one of the leading regions in Europe. These accomplishments, made with shared efforts to improve the welfare and security situation in the region, establish our responsibility in the current situation, when it is necessary to enhance society’s dependence on stability,» – Rinkevics said.

Officials also discussed the future of the European Union after Brexit. «It is worth keeping in mind that it is in the interest of all member states, even integrated countries, to ensure the function of the single European market after Brexit. It is in our common interest to establish closer relations between the EU and UK, especially in terms of economic cooperation and security,» – Latvia’s minister added. Ministers affirmed their mutual interest to maintain close cooperation within NB8 and UK’s format in security and economic relations.

During his visit, Rinkevics also met with Iceland’s president Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Jóhannsson.

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