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President: relations with Azerbaijan will help expand economic cooperation

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Mutual relations between Latvia and Azerbaijan are becoming closer. This offers opportunities for new economic cooperation projects,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis during his meeting with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Monday, 17 July.

Latvian president admits that this year has been very intense for relation between both countries, because there has been an exchange of official visits on different state and municipal administration levels, BNN was informed by the State President’s Chancellery.

«Today we signed a declaration on the foundation of strategic partnership between Latvia and Azerbaijan. Cooperation agreements in education, transport and construction monitoring will help secure new opportunities to deepen mutual relations. The business forum and June’s inter-governmental commission’s meeting offer hope for new economic cooperation projects and growth of mutual trade,» said Vejonis.

The president also adds that Latvia wishes to use its favourable geographical collation to strengthen cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of transports, especially in the North-South transport corridor. Latvia also wishes to contribute to exports of Latvian food products to Azerbaijan. «We see potential in the development of cooperation in education and science, IT, pharmaceuticals and construction industries. We are very interested in creating regular air traffic between Latvia and Azerbaijan to further improve business contacts and support tourism,» Vejonis adds.

According to the State President’s Chancellery, the meeting of the two presidents addressed a wide range of matters, including the topic of human rights and democracy in Azerbaijan. «Compliance with principle of democracy, human rights and rule of law is important for any country’s successful development. Latvian side invited their colleagues from Azerbaijan to work on these matters. At the same time, I would like to add that the development of EU-Azerbaijan relations is also highly important,» the president added.

Vejonis emphasized that Azerbaijan is an important partner of the EU in energy and transport fields. «Latvia supports the upcoming signing of the EU-Azerbaijan cooperation agreement. The upcoming EU Eastern Partnership Summit will be a good opportunity to find mutually beneficial cooperation options.»

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