Foreign Office Consultations held between Latvia and India

Foreign Office Consultations held between Latvia and India

Foreign Office Consultations held between Latvia and India
 
On 3 February, the 6th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Latvia took place in New Delhi between Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West) in the  Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia. 
 
The consultations covered bilateral issues as well as regional and multilateral issues of common interest including the EU-India Summit in April and the EU-India Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs informed the Indian side about Latvian government’s plans to organize an Asia Week in Latvia with the aim of forging closer cooperation between Europe and Asia. He also mentioned that Latvia would be hosting the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting and the ASEM Transport Ministers’ meeting in April and hoped that India would participate.
 
Both sides agreed that the opening of the Embassy of Latvia in Delhi will promote bilateral ties. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs conveyed invitations to visit Latvia for External Affairs Minister of India, Her Excellency Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, and the Hon’ble Speaker of the Lok Sabha Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan. 
 
The two sides welcomed that cooperation in culture and education has considerably increased over the past decade. They noted the contribution of the Centre for Indian Studies and Culture that was established at the University of Latvia in September 2013 to strengthening of cooperation in these sectors. 
 
During the visit, State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs officially inaugurated the Embassy of Latvia in New Delhi.