For­eign Min­is­ter meets Lat­vian For­eign Min­is­ter Edgars Rinkēvičs

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs, Ge­orge W Vella, yes­ter­day held of­fi­cial talks with the Lat­vian For­eign Min­is­ter, Edgars Rinkēvičs.

The two min­is­ters ex­pressed their satisfaction with the ex­cel­lent bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Malta and Latvia, with both sides agree­ing that the two coun­tries should re­in­force the cur­rent co­op­er­a­tion and ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in the field of tourism and in­vest­ment to fur­ther aug­ment ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries.

The two sides re­it­er­ated their mu­tual sup­port, both on the bi­lat­eral level, as well as the Euro­pean level, es­pe­cially in view of the up­com­ing Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union in Jan­uary 2017.

In this re­gard, Min­is­ter Vella un­der­lined Malta’s EU pri­or­i­ties, with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to mi­gra­tion and keep­ing the Mediter­ranean re­gion high on the EU’s agenda.

The two min­is­ters shared their ex­pe­ri­ence on their re­spec­tive re­gions and ex­changed their views on the EU’s ex­ter­nal re­la­tions with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to the Euro­pean Neigh­bour­hood Pol­icy and the sev­eral re­gional chal­lenges sur­round­ing Europe, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ments in Libya and Syria, and the on­go­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in the East­ern Neigh­bour­hood with par­tic­u­lar men­tion of Turkey and Ukraine.

Fo­cus was also given to the cur­rent EU’s in­ter­nal dis­cus­sions on its fu­ture, its se­cu­rity and the need to con­nect with its cit­i­zens.

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