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Ambassadors: presidents should first get acquainted

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPresident of Latvia Andris Berzins’ meeting with Finland, Ukraine and Georgia’s Presidents is assessed by the mentioned countries’ ambassadors to Latvia as a positive step for future relations. The ambassadors emphasize that this is the presidents’ first meeting, which should promote the existing agreements.

«Our presidents are meeting for the very first time, so first they need to get acquainted with each other. This is the first step in any negotiations,» Maria Serenius, the Finnish Ambassador to Latvia, explains to BNN.

«We have prepared background information about Latvia. It should be noted that the Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen met with the Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis also on September 16,» the Ambassador continues.

In her view, discussion topics are likely to cover issues on the Baltic Sea, since «it is very dear to the President of Finland». «Likewise, NordStream issue could also be touched upon,» Serenius points out, adding that she is not informed about the exact discussion topics.

«The main thing is that both countries’ high officials are finally meeting and getting acquainted,» the Ambassador says.

Bilateral meetings are common diplomatic practice during important international meetings, including the United Nations General Assembly session, Anatoly Olyeinik, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Latvia, indicates to BNN.

«This meeting should be viewed from the aspect of maintaining at the highest level a continuous dialogue between Latvia and Ukraine. Stable and fruitful relations are being promoted between Ukraine and Latvia, creating a constructive partnership as well,» the Ambassador emphasizes.

In his view, there are no problematic issues between both sides in terms of political sphere that could have a negative impact on the future cooperation development in various sectors, especially in trade and economy.

At the moment, the main task is to comply with the agreements reached during the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich’s official visit to Riga on December 5, 2010.

Namely, during the visit, both sides signed a joint statement, pledging to promote such economic cooperation sectors as transit and logistics, information and communications technologies, construction and industrial production.

Another important aspect noted by the Embassy – mutual synergy in the European integration area, given that integration in Europe remains Ukraine’s main foreign policy priority. «Together with the European Union’s (EU) leadership we have identified the key tasks for the nearest term: to conclude an agreement on associations, including the creation of comprehensive free trade area, as well as to develop a dialogue on visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.»

«We hope that Latvia will continue to provide consistent support for euro-integration that is favourable to Ukraine and will keep implementing joint initiatives and projects promoting Ukraine’s integration into Europe by sharing the experience in this area,» Olyeinik says.

In an interview to the news agency BNN, Konstantin Korkeliya, Georgia’s Ambassador to Latvia, highlights that this will be the new Latvian President Andris Berzins’ first official meeting with the President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. Consequently, both sides will not only discuss the current issues, but also get acquainted with each other.

He informed that during the meeting both leaders will have to discuss the cooperation within international organizations, as well as partnership in investment and economic area.

«Latvia supports Georgia in various international forums, such as NATO and elsewhere. Although the cooperation between the both countries is already good, there are issues that could be addressed even better, for instance, in the trade sector,» the Ambassador reveals, expressing hope that this will be achieved during the meeting.

Asked whether the Latvian-Georgian relations can be regarded as good, Korkeliya replies that «they can hardly be called good, seeing that they are excellent. Both countries cooperate in very many areas. Also, the Latvian businessmen show huge interest in Georgia. They are interested in business start-up opportunities in our country, seeking to know everything related to business expansion in Georgia. Georgians are interested in Latvia as well. However, there is still much untapped potential that could bring our relations to even higher level».

During September 19 to 25, the President of Latvia Andris Berzins is visiting the U.S. to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly’s 66th session. During this official visit, he is to meet with the International Monetary Fund Manager Christine Lagarde and Moody’s Investors Service representatives, as well as with Presidents of Finland, Ukraine, Georgia and other countries.


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