First stop Luxembourg for new Foreign Minister Braže

On 22 April 2024, Latvia''s newly-installed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Baiba Braže, will take part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. This is the new Foreign Minister’s first work trip abroad.

In their discussion on the EU’s support to Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s aggression, the Foreign Ministers will also be joined by Ministers of Defense incuding Andris Sprūds from Latvia in order to jointly decide on a possible military support.

The Foreign Ministers will then address current developments in the Middle East and the situation in Sudan.

After the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign Minister Baiba Braže is to take part in the High Level Forum on Regional Security and Cooperation, which will gather EU Foreign Ministers and their counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States for a discussion on the regional and global security issues.

Latvia has already committed to providing Ukraine with annual military support in the amount of 0.25% of GDP until 2026, as well as annual support of five million euros for the reconstruction of Ukraine. Latvia is the first of the Baltic states to sign such an agreement.

Similarly, Latvia plans to train at least 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers in 2024. Latvia, together with the United Kingdom, has undertaken to lead a drone coalition. So far, it has raised €500 million in funding for the purchase of drones in support of Ukraine, with the ultimate aim being the supply of 1 million drones.

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