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Minister: role of Baltic and Nordic countries in security matters increases

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCooperation between Baltic and Nordic countries, which was established 25 years ago, has not lost its meaning to this day. This cooperation format plays an even greater role in resolving EU and security matters. It should be used even more in the future to coordinate positions in areas like economic cooperation, energy security, cyber security and others, believe Baltic foreign affairs ministers.

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics along with his Estonian and Lithuanian colleagues took part in events in Sweden on 30 August. These events were dedicated to the restoration of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Baltic States 25 years ago.

During their visit, Baltic ministers met with First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Tobias Billström and members of the Baltic Network’s parliamentary group. The main focus of the meeting centred on security matters and the role of migration for the region’s development, as reported by Foreign Affairs Ministry.

During the meeting of Baltic and Swedish ministers, which took place not long after the NB8 meeting in Riga, ministers also discussed the importance of NB8 in the ever-changing geopolitical environment. Ministers agreed to support efforts being made in Eastern Partnership Countries. Rinkevics emphasized that the European Union has to fulfil its promises in relation to countries that have successfully completed their homework.

Latvia’s foreign minister also read a speech on the topic of freedom of press and speech. The seminar in which he took part in was organized in commemoration of 250 years since the establishment of Sweden’s Press Law.

Rinkevics emphasized the need to work in order to secure high standards of freedom of speech and media independence. Latvia is satisfied that by combining the strength of Baltic States, Nordic countries and other international partners, it was possible to establish Baltic Media Excellence Centre in Riga.

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