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President of the Republic met in Riga with the Head of State of Latvia


President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, met today in Jurmala with the President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis. The meeting focused on the exchange of experiences of the presidency of the European Council along with security issues, Eastern Partnership, energy policy and common infrastructure projects.

"Latvia's experience with the Presidency of the European Council is still fresh and there are certainly things we could learn from them. We discussed some issues that we need to find a common solution for during our presidency or at least attempt to move in the right direction, such as the migration crisis, Brexit and digital issues," said the Head of State after the meeting with President Vējonis, emphasising that the main goal during the presidency is to keep the EU united and active.

The Eastern Partnership Summit will take place in Brussels during Estonia's Presidency of the European Council and the two heads of state also discussed some of the related issues. "Eastern Partnership is a priority issue for both countries. However, eastern partners do not represent a uniform block – we must observe each country and its progress separately and support them in the process of implementing reforms," said the Head of State after the meeting.

The heads of state also discussed security issues at their meeting. "Our countries share a common understanding of the security situation and our comprehension of what's going on around us is, in essence, identical. Most definitely we will keep a close eye, in both Riga and Tallinn, on the training exercises taking place in our region in the coming months, but we do not really have any reason to worry," emphasised President Kaljulaid.

The President of the Republic was in Riga at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis. The two heads of state opened a strategic communication conference, the Riga StratCom Dialogue, in NATO's Centre of Excellence in Riga. The Head of State will proceed to Warsaw to give an address at the North Atlantic Council summit and at the Summit of Central and Eastern European counties, which this year will be attended by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. The Head of State will also take part in the US Atlantic Council conference in Warsaw.

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