On 9 December 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, and State Secretary Andris Pelšs met with the State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Balzaretti.
Latvia appreciated the historically close long-term cooperation between the two countries, with the centenary of diplomatic relations to be celebrated in 2021. Having made note of the active political dialogue and regular political consultations, the delegations agreed on the need for promoting economic cooperation given the potential in the areas of transport and logistics as well as science and research.
Latvia highly values the significant contribution by Switzerland to the development of our country, strengthening of its democracy and the rule of law, said the Parliamentary Secretary. Projects implemented for the development of Latvia’s environmental, infrastructure and social affairs sectors with support from the Swiss financial assistance programme are of special importance to the Latvian people, and we hope that cooperation will continue in the future, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica noted.
The officials discussed issues of current importance for the EU, international politics and regional security. Andris Pelšs underlined that Latvia and Switzerland are like-minded partners with regard to democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Parliamentary Secretary highlighted the close cooperation established between the EU and Switzerland. One of the topics high on the agenda is Brexit. The UK remains an important cooperation partner to Latvia and Switzerland; therefore, future efforts will be devoted to close cooperation in the protection of citizens’ rights, in security and defence, foreign affairs, trade and business.
The previous political consultations took place on 12 April 2019 in Riga, with participation of Josef Renggli, Deputy Director General for European Affairs at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
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