Baltic states team up to talk with Korea

The three Baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - took a joint opportunity to talk to the Republic of Korea in Riga on Monday.

The first ever political consultations between the Baltic States and the Republic of Korea took place in Riga involving the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Korea.

"The consultations reviewed bilateral cooperation between the three Baltic States and Korea, prospects for political, economic, cultural and educational cooperation, as well as issues of regional and global importance," a statement by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign affairs said .

"The Korean officials described the geopolitical situation in Asia and tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The participants discussed preparations for the ASEM Summit, and the themes which are priorities," the statement added.

Korean diplomats also invited Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian students to join the Global Korea Scholarship program offered by the Korean Government to 3,000 foreign students annually.

Toward the end of the consultations, the parties agreed that the current format was conducive to future political dialogue.

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