France and Latvia mark 25 years of entente cordiale

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs is in Paris 16 November together with his Baltic States counterparts to attend a conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the Baltic States and France.

The conference organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France in association with the Baltic States Embassies in France will have two round tables: at one, historical aspects of cooperation will be reviewed, and at the other, participants will consider future bilateral projects and reflect on joint contribution to Europe’s future.

The conference will bring together Foreign Ministers and diplomats from the Baltic States and France, representatives from the diplomatic corps accredited in France, researchers in various fields, officials from French public institutions and members of the media. The diplomatic archives will present an opportunity for the participants to look at documentary materials on the restoration of Baltic independence and re-establishment of diplomatic relations with France.

30 August 2016 marked 25 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and France, while 95 years ago – on 26 January 1921 – France recognised Latvia de jure.

As part of the visit, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs will have a bilateral discussion with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault. The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States and France also intend to convene for a joint meeting to discuss current challenges faced by the European Union in security policy. 

 

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