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8 Feb 2018

Latvian PM hopes to step up cooperation with Belarus

Latvian PM hopes to step up cooperation with Belarus

MINSK, 8 February (BelTA) – Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis expressed hope to boost cooperation with Belarus as he met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 8 February, BelTA has learned.

“I believe that this visit will give a certain impetus to our relations. As for economic cooperation, in my opinion, we have not taken advantage of many fields of common interest,” Maris Kucinskis noted.

He drew attention to the fact that Latvia knows Belarus well and the sides can speak one language, which also promotes their contacts. “We can search for opportunities to develop cooperation not only in transit and logistics. Yesterday the PM (Andrei Kobyakov – BelTA’s note) and I agreed to discuss certain matters to be working on,” the Latvian PM remarked.

The official said he intends to visit Belarus’ Hi-Tech Park. There are good prospects for cooperation in this field too, he stated.

The Latvian PM stressed the interest in cooperation in agriculture, forestry, education, and science. “I think that we can develop cooperation in other areas,” he added.

Moreover, Latvia and Belarus interact within the framework of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative. This avenue of cooperation also was in the spotlight of the negotiations with Alexander Lukashenko.


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