Estonian parliamentary speaker visits Latvia

On May 3, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar is on an official visit to Latvia to discuss the cooperation between the two countries, the security of the region and helping Ukraine.

Hussar said ahead of the visit that Latvia was Estonia’s closest neighbour and therefore he was happy that his first official visit was to Latvia.

“The meetings that will be held in Riga will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss our further cooperation. At this time of many security policy challenges, it is more important than ever that we follow the same course in our actions,” he said.

Strengthening the security of the Baltic States, including the development of defence cooperation and preparations for the NATO Summit in Vilnius in July, as well as cooperation in providing comprehensive support to Ukraine will be discussed at the meetings.

“We must support Ukraine together in the reconstruction of the country and on its path to NATO and the European Union, as well as continue to work on extending the sanctions against Russia and the creation of a special tribunal to investigate the crime of aggression,” Hussar said.

In Riga, Hussar will have meetings with Speaker of the Saeima Edvards Smiltēns, members of the Latvia-Estonia Parliamentary Friendship Group and Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs. After the meetings, he will visit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.

The official visit of the President of the Riigikogu takes place on the eve of the Day of the Restoration of Latvian Independence. On the visit, he is accompanied by Chairman of the Estonia-Latvia Parliamentary Friendship Group Peeter Tali and member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Ester Karuse.

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