Europe’s recovery in focus of Spanish FM’s visit to Riga


RIGA, April 8 (Xinhua) — Latvian President Egils Levits met visiting Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Arancha Gonzalez Laya in Riga Castle on Thursday to mark the centenary of both countries’ diplomatic ties and discuss bilateral relations and international affairs.

Both Levits and Gonzalez Laya praised good relations between the two countries, stressing the countries’ shared commitment to European security and prosperity, according to the Latvian president’s office.

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The Latvian president and the Spanish foreign minister were unanimous that the EU’ Recovery and Resilience Facility must be used wisely as an opportunity for new development in areas like energy and infrastructure.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics’ meeting with his Spanish counterpart focused on bilateral cooperation, security policy and EU affairs, as well as the situation in the bloc’s neighboring regions and transatlantic relations.

The ministers shared experience of cooperation with the EU’s eastern and southern neighbors and agreed on the need for a more active EU involvement with these regions. Gonzalez Laya informed her Latvian counterpart on current developments in Latin America and the situation in Venezuela.

During the meeting, special attention was devoted to EU coordination on COVID-19. Stressing vaccine deliveries and mass immunization against the coronavirus as the main priority, Rinkevics praised the solidarity shown by EU member states, including Spain, in sharing their vaccine supplies.

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