President Levits wraps up Finnish visit

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State President Egils Levits concluded a whirlwind working visit to near neighbor Finland August 28.

Levits met with Vice-Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Ms Tuula Haatainen in Helsinki today to discuss Latvian-Finnish parliamentary relations, the priorities of the Finnish Presidency in the EU Council, and other current issues including efforts of Latvia and Finland to reduce hybrid threats and create a quality information space in Europe, with special emphasis on the operation of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence based in Latvia and the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats based in Helsinki, to which Levits also paid a visit.

President Levits also had talks with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki.

“Further regional integration is important for the growth and security of all of us,” said Levits.

According to the President of Latvia, Latvia also intends to expand its bilateral cooperation with Finland in economics, culture, education, and people-to-people contacts.

“Latvia fully supports the priorities set by Finland of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We must stand for our common European values like an efficient and non-discriminatory rule of law. Like Finland, we believe that there is a clear need for an ambitious and rapid response to climate change at both national and EU level,” stressed the President of Latvia.


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