Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Latvia

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi, will visit Latvia on Friday, July 2, marking one hundred years since Japan recognised Latvia de jure.

Motegi will be hosted by his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and the officials "will discuss the latest international developments, the relations between the EU and Japan, as well as bilateral cooperation," according to a release from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the visit, the Japanese Foreign Minister of Japan will also meet with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Krišjānis Kariņš, lay flowers at the Freedom Monument and take part in a tree planting ceremony. There will be a statement released by the two foreign ministers after their meeting, but no press conference is scheduled.

A member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi has been Japan's Foreign Minister since September 2019 and held various other ministerial positions before that. A graduate of Tokyo University and Harvard, he has also had stints as a management consultant and even as a political journalist.


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