RIGA, May 20 (LETA) – At ceremonies yesterday, President Andris Berzins accepted credentials from the new Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia Evhen Perebyinis, Mauritanian Ambassador Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Brahim Khlil, and Lao Ambassador Sithong Chitnhothinh.
During the meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador Perebyinis, Berzins said he was pleased with the constructive bilateral relations between Latvia and Ukraine, and expressed support for their further intensification, LETA learned from the President’s Press Office. Ukraine may become a wealthy country, and it is up to Ukrainians to use the country’s potential to its fullest extent, added Berzins.
The Ukrainian ambassador emphasized that Ukraine’s priorities included national defense and reforms, and thanked Latvia for its support, particularly in the form of humanitarian aid. Berzins reaffirmed Latvia’s support for Ukraine’s efforts and readiness to share reform experience in the future as well.
Berzins and Perebyinis also discussed the Eastern Partnership Summit taking place in Riga this week.
The president and the Ukrainian ambassador agreed that economic relations between Latvia and Ukraine had good prospects, and emphasized the major importance of diversification of gas supply.
Speaking with the Mauritanian and Lao ambassadors, the president stressed Latvia’s wish to expand cooperation with these countries. Since both ambassadors reside in Berlin, successful cooperation is imminent with the Latvian Embassy there.
The Mauritanian ambassador congratulated Latvia on being the presiding country of the Council of the European Union and said that Mauritania was also interested in developing closer relations with Latvia. He also urged the EU to become even more intensely involved in the fight against terrorism.
The ambassador called on Latvia to consider investing in Mauritania, whereas Berzins said that new markets were highly important to Latvia, and in turn drew the ambassador’s attention to the business opportunities offered by Latvia.
Discussion with the Lao ambassador focused on the potential of cooperation in economy and education. Latvia is interested in expanding cooperation with South Asia countries. The two officials also marked successful cooperation at the Asia-Europe Meeting institutions, and the recent ASEM transport and education ministers’ meeting in Riga.
The ambassadors of Laos and Mauritania reside in Berlin, the Ukrainian ambassador – in Riga.