LATVIAN PARLT SPEAKER TELLS ARMENIAN FORMIN ABOUT PRIORITIES OF LATVIA'S EU PRESIDENCY

Baltic News Service / - BNS
June 26, 2014 Thursday 4:10 PM EET

RIGA, Jun 26, BNS - The Eastern Partnership will be one of the
priorities of Latvia's upcoming EU presidency, which is slated
for the first half of 2015 when the EU will be holding discussions
on how to enhance cooperation with its eastern neighbors, Latvian
parliament speaker Solvita Aboltina told visiting Armenian Foreign
Minister Edward Nalbandian on Thursday, BNS was told at the Latvian
parliamentary press service.

Aboltina acknowledged each country's rights to choose its own foreign
policy direction. Although Armenia has announced its intention to
join the Eurasian Customs Union, Latvia supports closer ties between
the EU and Armenia.

The officials agreed that current trade volumes between Latvia and
Armenia are not very high and that there are good possibilities
to develop economic exchange, especially considering the number of
bilateral agreements between the two countries. Latvia considers food
production, construction, wood processing, tourism and education,
as well as freight shipping, logistics and IT to be particularly
perspective areas for cooperation with Armenia.

"Armenian is a significant partner of Latvia in the South
Caucasus region. Relations between the two countries are developing
successfully, with the open and constructive dialogue being a proof
it," the Latvian parliament speaker said, describing relations between
Latvia and Armenia.