Latvia and Turkey discuss range of issues / Article

“We appreciate the good bilateral relations, as well as the regular and open dialogue with Turkey. At a time when Russia is waging its war in Europe, close ties between allies have become even more important,” Rinkēvičs said, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.

The Minister also thanked Turkey for its solidarity and support for Latvia in limiting the flow of third-country nationals to Belarus and for its decision to extend the visa-free stay of Latvian citizens in Turkey.

When discussing Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership, which Turkey initially opposed, Rinkēvičs drew attention to the fact that the two countries have proven to be partners reliable forces of NATO, whose armed forces and their readiness fully meet Alliance standards.

“The rapid admission of the two countries to NATO is an important national security issue for Latvia. At the same time, Latvia understands and recognizes Turkey‘s legitimate security interests, which include condemning terrorism in all its forms. Latvia appreciates the proper consideration of the terrorist threat in NATO’s strategic concept,” the minister said.

Inevitably, the Russian invasion of Ukraine also came up during the meeting. Rinkēvičs praised Turkish diplomatic efforts, as well as Turkey’s support for UN General Assembly resolutions to secure the deal that has so far been reached on Ukrainian grain exports.

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