State Secretary František Ružička Receives Ambassador of Latvia

State Secretary František Ružička Receives Ambassador of Latvia

28.2.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, František Ružička, received the Ambassador from the Republic of Latvia to the Slovak Republic (seated in Vienna), Veronika Erte, on 28 February 2020.

The meeting was realized in the context of the intensive development of Slovak-Latvian relations, which has been attested to, among other things, by the frequent contact activities of Slovakia’s and Latvia’s top representatives. During the last year and a half Latvia has been visited by all the top constitutional officials of the Slovak Republic. Reciprocally in May of this year Slovakia is to be visited by the President of Latvia, Egils Levits.

The deepening of the relations of both countries is facilitated by the closeness of their interests and their agreement in the assessment of the majority of European and international policy issues, as well as Slovakia’s engagement in providing for the security of the Baltic region.

“We see the scope for the intensification of our mutual cooperation not only in European policies, but also in achieving the carbon neutrality objectives by 2050 and the support of digitalization and European values. We also consider cyber security and the fight against hybrid threats and disinformation to be of importance. We also appreciate the approach of Latvia as an important promoter of multilateralism,” stressed State Secretary Ružička.

We are also intensively developing contacts in the spheres of economics and tourism, which is boosted by the direct AirBaltic airline connection between Riga and Poprad.

At the meeting Ambassador Erte also presented the State Secretary with the statement of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) from mid-January this year on the 80th anniversary of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union and provided information about Latvia’s application for associated membership in CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), which was filed on 24 February 2020 in Geneva.