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Minister: eastern partnership is one of Latvia’s foreign policy priorities

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Eastern partnership policy is one of Latvia’s top foreign policy priorities. Latvia believes after 2020 Eastern partnership cooperation should focus on deepening cooperation in the following areas: trade, energy, human contact and digital and telecommunications field,» says Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

On Monday, 8 April, Rinkēvičs participated in EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. During the meeting, participating ministers exchanged opinions about the situation in Afghanistan, putting an emphasis on peace talks, as confirmed by Latvia’s Foreign Ministry’s press-centre.

Rinkēvičs affirmed Latvia’s support for US peace talks with Taliban movement, stressing that this agreement cannot happen without involvement from the government of Afghanistan. ‘We support deeper involvement of the European Union in this peace process, as well as continued stability and development of Afghanistan. It is necessary to preserve accomplishments in democracy, rule of law and human rights. At the same time, the closely coordinated dialogue with USA is important for both Afghanistan’s security and stability and with regards to the European Union serving as peace guarantee after peace talks,’ said the minister.

The minister stresses that EU is aware of US goal for gradual withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

«However, it is important to keep in mind long-term risks for security, which could surface if military presence in Afghanistan is rapidly reduced. Cooperation with countries of Central Asia is no less important to ensure stability in the region. Latvia will continue providing support for Afghanistan by taking part in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission,» comments the minister.

Foreign Affairs Ministry also adds that ministers also discussed the Eastern Partnership policy during the meeting. Latvia’s minister said Eastern Partnership policy should be maintained as one of EU’s foreign affairs priorities with appropriate funding. This is why a strategic approach for objectives outlined in the Eastern Partnership policy is needed.

The minister adds that reforms and anti-corruption measures should be continued in Ukraine in spite of presidential elections. The minister also outlined what Latvian businessmen have said about Ukraine’s business and investment environment.


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