October 2017

State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs in the USA discusses strengthening security and economic cooperation

From 12 October to 16 October, the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary, Andrejs Pildegovičs, was on a working visit in the United States of America and met with officials from the United States Department of State, Pentagon, the National Security Council, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Congress. Together with the delegation of the Bank of Latvia and the Ministry of Finance, the State Secretary took part in meetings at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Andrejs Pildegovičs also met with members of the Latvian community.

EU, Kazakhstan launch second dual use goods export control project

BY ASSEL SATUBALDINA

The European Union, the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) together with the Kazakh Ministry of Investments and Development launched Oct. 12 the second project on export control of dual use goods and technologies, marking another step in strengthening the long-term partnership and cooperation between the two sides.

V4 Foreign Ministers' Joint Statement on the Western Balkans

The annual meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Western Balkans took place in Budapest on October 11, 2017, under the Hungarian Presidency of the V4. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo*, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Deputy State Secretary of Croatia and Deputy State Secretary of Estonia.

CASPIAN HOPES

By S. Usovsky

The problems of regional cooperation are sought by the five Caspian littoral states. Such a partnership today is uncontested, but there are a number of obstacles to its development. But there is growing awareness that they can be overcome only together. For example, the legal status of the Caspian is still not regulated, although there is a hope that this problem will be resolved in 2018.

Environmental and energy co-operation essential for good neighbourly relations, conclude participants at OSCE discussion in Vienna

Co-operation on environmental and energy issues contributes to preventing tensions, building confidence and promoting good neighbourly relations in the OSCE region and therefore it must be strengthened, underlined senior officials and experts at high-level discussion taking place on 16 and 17 October in Vienna.