Austrian embassy to keep working

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The Austrian embassy will continue working in Riga despite earlier reports of plans to close it, reported LETA Thursday.

The Latvian Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Secretary-General of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, Michael Linhart, at a meeting in Riga on Thursday welcomed the agreement on the Austrian embassy's continued operations in Latvia.

In June last year Austria announced plans to close several embassies in Europe, including Latvia.

The Latvian Foreign Ministry said in a press release that Pildegovičs and Linhart had discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation and important matters on the EU agenda.

They discussed the migration crisis, EU-Russia relations, as well as EU enlargement and Eastern Partnership, including possible Austrian participation in the European law and economics program that the Riga Graduate School of Law offers to students from Eastern Partnership countries, Central Asia and Western Balkans.

The Austrian official congratulated Latvia on receiving the invitation to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and spoke about Austria’s plans for OSCE Presidency that it will assume in 2017.

Previously it was reported that the embassy would stop its operations in Latvia and the ambassador would work from Stockholm.

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