Foreign Ministers of Latvia and Belarus discuss bilateral co-operation and EU-Belarus relations

On 3 November, Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins will be on a working visit to the Republic of Belarus.

During the visit, Minister Riekstins meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Sergey Martinov, in order to discuss the current topics of bilateral relations between Latvia and Belarus, with the focus on enhancing economic co-operation between both countries, expanding the bilateral legal framework, as well as on recent developments in the EU-Belarus relations.

Given that Latvia is both an EU member state and a neighbour to Belarus, Latvia is interested in as close as possible contacts with Belarus.

Foreign Minister Riekstins is also scheduled to meet with the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister Sergey Sidorsky.

Besides, Mr Riekstins will meet with the representatives from the non-governmental organisation "The Helsinki Committee of Belarus", and deliver a lecture at the Belarus State University - "Eastern Partnership as a significant instrument for the development of relations between European Union and Belarus".

Visit by Minister Riekstins is the first visit by a Latvian foreign minister to Belarus since the independence of Latvia was restored. This, however, was the second meeting between Latvian and Belarusian foreign ministers, which is a proof to a successful dialogue between both countries. The two officials met on 22 April this year, during the Belarusian Foreign Minister's visit to Latvia.


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