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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 2 June, Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Riga. The Iranian minister came to Latvia as part of his visit to Europe with representatives of more than 70 of Iran’s largest companies.

Rinkevics emphasized that this is the first visit of the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister to Latvia after Latvia’s recognition of independence of Iran and establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. «Today is a historic day for Latvia, because our country has also signed an agreement on joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Today is also the first time in Latvia’s history when an Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister visited Latvia in the history of relations between our two countries,» – said Rinkevics. Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the other hand, said that Iran had never officially recognized the occupation of Latvia.

During the meeting, officials of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for bilateral consultations to help develop dialogue between the two countries. Rinkevics emphasized the need to expand the legislative base with a convention on prevention of double taxation and tax avoidance, as well as air traffic connectivity.

«Latvia is interested in developing economic cooperation and export diversification with Iran, especially considering the decision regarding gradual lifting of sanctions. A big delegation of Iranian businessmen from different sectors of economy means the interest of this country to expand economic and trade cooperation with Latvia,» – said Rinkevics.

He emphasized that Latvia is a good place to organize transit and logistics operations and establish a bridge between the European Union and Asia. With that, Latvia’s government is interested in deepening cooperation with Iran.

Mohammad Javad Zarif highly valued the visit of Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister to Teheran in 2014, because Rinkevics was one of the first EU Foreign Affairs Ministers to visit Iran before the conclusion of the nuclear programme.

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