Straujuma touts Latvian produce at Belgrade summit

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma used a meeting of Central and Eastern European states and Chinese leaders in Belgrade Tuesday to try and interest the giant Communist state in buying Latvian produce.

Straujuma met Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and emphasized "active dialogue on cooperation between the two countries," a government press release said.

"During the discussion, the Prime Minister of China confirmed – the doors to China's market are open for Latvian dairy and meet producers, and China is interested in high quality and safe food products," the statement said.

In return Straujuma "expressed satisfaction over the fact that China has certified dairy and meat products, and that it has made every effort to ensure that Latvian producers can enter China's market." 

Latvia is also interested in the northern economic branch of the Silk Road logistics route, Straujuma said.

"Latvia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015 and the EU - China Summit to be held in the first half of 2015 in Brussels assign additional importance to this cooperation," the statement added.

Straujuma also extended an invitation to Keqiang to visit Riga.

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