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Mark Pekala and Valdis Dombrovskis

Latvian PM Valdis Dombrovskis met with US ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala on September 27. Representatives of the two countries agreed that in order to deepen cooperation between Latvia and USA, they need to bet all or nothing on economic cooperation.

Dombrovskis noted that bilateral cooperation between Latvia and USA has been developing rapidly during the year – Latvia welcomed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the delegation of US congressmen, as well as a delegation of American businessmen. ‘Contacts that were made during these meetings need to be continued, turning them into trade agreements, export and investment opportunities and new jobs,’- Dombrovskis said.

Pekala said Latvia is an important partner for USA in questions of defence. He also appreciated Latvia’s contribution in ensuring safety in Afghanistan. The Nordic Supply Chain Network, in which Latvia plays a leading role, has become an important supply line for US forces.

The PM informed the diplomat about Latvia’s intention to join the OECD, where support from USA would be greatly appreciated.

Dombrovskis also thanked the American side for the support it provided during the NATO summit in Chicago, ensuring that the Baltic skies are regularly patrolled by NATO fighter jets. The PM noted that Latvia is interested in improving the Nordic Supply Chain Network for commercial purposes, as well as offer US forces in Afghanistan more a wider range of food products made in Latvia.

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