Latvia and Estonia have village chat about COVID-19

In the village of Kaelase in Pärnu County, Estonia, on 12 June 2020, the fifth informal seminar of the Latvian and Estonian foreign ministries was held along with a bilateral meeting between the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and, his colleague, Urmas Reinsalu, the Estonian Foreign Minister.

"Top diplomats from both sides talked at the seminar about developments in regional and international affairs," the Latvia Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"The two foreign ministers underlined the fruitful cooperation on addressing the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and stressed the need to continue the close coordination considering the next steps at various levels, bilateral, at the EU and in the broader international context," the ministry said.

As well as COVID-19 and its effect on transatlantic relations subjects covered included security in the Baltic Sea region, Russia, China, multilateral issues at international organisations and matters on the EU agenda, though no specific details on any conclusions reached were given.

"During the discussion, it was pointed out that without a doubt COVID-19 has impacted the course of international processes and induced countries to adapt as rapidly as possible to the new circumstances. At the same time, it was emphasised that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a lesson on how to fight better and more effectively against similar crises that may emerge in the future," a statement said.  

Similar seminars are arranged annually in either Latvia or Estonia, on a principle of rotation, and this was the fifth time that they've taken place.

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