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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Baiba Braže underlined the importance of parliamentary diplomacy in achieving common foreign and security policy goals at their meeting today.

Hussar said at the meeting that Estonia and Latvia worked actively together in many fields and the relations between the parliaments of the two countries had also never been better than now. As an example of good cooperation, he highlighted the joint visit of the Baltic Speakers to Canada and the United States earlier this year, as well as the joint letters sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which drew attention to the continuing threat from Russia and the need for US assistance to Ukraine.

“The excellent cooperation between the Baltic States allows us to act quickly and respond together to convince our partners and allies, especially in these critical times when decisiveness and courage are often needed. Such cooperation is necessary to maintain unity in Europe and to continue supporting Ukraine.” he said.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu also discussed parliamentary cooperation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. Chairman of the Committee Marko Mihkelson said at the meeting that the cooperation between Estonia and Latvia was closer than ever before, and its continuation was crucial to achieving common foreign and security policy goals. The Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of the Baltic States often issue joint statements and make joint visits. For example, in April they jointly visited both the United States and Germany.

During the meetings, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia acknowledged the activities and cooperation of the Speakers and committees, as well as foreign delegations and parliamentary friendship groups.

Meetings in the Riigikogu focused on long-term support to Ukraine, the challenges facing the European Union in the near future and the preparations for the NATO Summit in Washington in summer. Regional infrastructure projects and issues relating to language studies were also discussed.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, who assumed office in April, also met with President of the Republic Alar Karis and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Margus Tsahkna in Tallinn today.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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