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Latvian foreign minister visits Belarus: Belarus-EU cooperation discussed

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs arrived in Minsk on a visit. Latvia does not have any questions to Belarus regarding the West 2017 exercise.

This statement was made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia on July 19 following the talks with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. Other important issues for the countries were discussed, including the international agenda.

In particular, the prospects for cooperation between Belarus and the European Union.

 в отношениях с Беларусью у нас есть прогресс, и он будет продолжаться

Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia:
We have no more questions about West 2017 drills. The counterpart explained the position of the state in great detail. I am satisfied with this.

By the way, the Latvian Foreign Minister recalls with pleasure his last talks in this Minsk hall 2.5 years ago. Back then the sides also talked a lot about relations between Belarus and the EU.

This process will continue, says Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Edgars Rinkēvičs:
We see that this process is proceeding normally, gradually. We have many questions that we discussed frankly. These are issues that concern the European Union. I see that there is progress. It will continue.

The Belarusian side appreciates Latvia's role in the warming of relations with the EU. Much has been done during Latvia's chairmanship of the Council of Europe. To commemorate the already strong 25-year-old diplomatic relations, the ministers cancelled a postage stamp.

A quarter of a century is an impressive time. But the countries do not rest on laurels. Negotiations continue to simplify the visa regime with the European Union for Belarusians. There are more tangible results of mutual interest. For example, trade, in which figures are growing.

By the way, the countries do not forget the economic component in the preparation for the IIHF WM 2021, which they will hold jointly.

Work on new tourist products has already begun. More intensive rail service could facilitate the movement of tourists. This question was promised for consideration on July 19.

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
It seems to us that this would be acceptable, especially since this can contribute to the tourist exchange between our states.

There is a growing mutual interest of the businessmen of the two countries. More than 900 companies with Latvian capital operate in Belarus.

Yulia Sharkhun, the official representative of a Latvian IT company in Belarus:
We have just come to the Belarusian market and present here a product IT company. And our main direction is working on our own cloud project. Why did we come to the Belarusian market? This is due to the neighborhood of our countries. We have a good technical base of specialists.

Belarus and Latvia have a lot to talk about. Here we have both the bilateral agenda, the state of affairs in the region, and even more broadly - the dialogue between integration communities. Therefore contacts are becoming more intense. But most importantly, each visit brings concrete results. This is one more step on the road to rapprochement.

Latvian foreign minister visits Belarus: Belarus-EU cooperation discussed