Latvia thanks Italy for its security contribution

On November 30 in Riga, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Luigi Di Maio, for a discussion on bilateral relations, the migration issue, developments in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, as well as the Eastern Partnership Summit due to be held in Brussels this coming December.

"The Latvian Foreign Minister thanked Italy for its contribution to Latvia’s security – participation in a NATO battlegroup in Latvia and NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, as well as the work at the Stratcom Center," said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Ministers also exchanged opinions on the reform of the European asylum system and expected proposals from the European Commission concerning adjustments to the European Union’s legal framework in light of the new migration-related challenges.

"During the conversation, Edgars Rinkēvičs reaffirmed that it was essential to approve the fifth round of sanctions against Belarus without further delay, also including the Belavia airline. The EU’s legal framework must also be revised in order to grant Member State border guards the rights and means they need to ensure the integrity and protection of EU borders in unmistakable cases of instrumentalisation of migration," the statement said.

Italyy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, is on a mission to Riga
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