Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs to go on working visit to Finland

On 19 January, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will go on a working visit to Finland. The minister will meet with the Foreign Minister of Finland Erkki Tuomioja, who visited Riga on 20 December last year. The foreign ministers have planned to discuss the current bilateral matters, as well as cooperation in the region and within international organisations.

As part of the visit, Minister Rinkēvičs will have a discussion with the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland Alexander Stubb to review EU-related issues and bilateral economic cooperation.

In the conclusion of the working visit, Latvian Foreign Minister will participate in a round table discussion with foreign ambassadors to Latvia residing in Helsinki. Taking part in the discussion are the ambassadors of Argentine, Peru, Nicaragua, Cuba, Iceland and Malaysia, as well as the head of the mission of the Palestine National Authority.

The friendly and close relations between Latvia and Finland are based on common interests to ensure stability, security and welfare in the Baltic Sea Region and Europe as a whole. Cooperation between both countries takes place at various levels and formats. High-ranking state officials engage in a regular and intensive dialogue. Practical partnership between line ministries, sectorial institutions and businesses is stable and successful. Latvia has also become a favourite destination for Finnish tourists.

Mr Erkki Tuomioja took up the post of the Foreign Minister of Finland on 22 June 2010; before that he was Foreign Minister in three different Finnish governments between 2000 and 2007.

Mr Alexander Stubb is former Finnish Foreign Minister, who holds the position of the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade in the government of the current Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen. Stubb is also Finish Minister for Nordic Cooperation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

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