According to the statement of the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, during his meeting with his Georgian counterpart issues of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and preparation for the upcoming NATO summit were discussed.
According to the Minister, the aspiration of those states wishing to join the organisation will be represented in the declaration, additionally, Latvia will support the NATO-Georgia commission meeting after the summit – “We discussed the themes of the upcoming NATO summit during our meeting with the Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, along with the requirements that the declaration must include a clear confirmation that NATO’s door remains open and that there will be practical assistance for partners who wish to join the organisation.
This is not a big summit. Usually, NATO members meet when a new US administration is elected. Thus, we await a new conceptual strategy from the summit, along with work on issues that are of significance for NATO’s partners especially in terms of the 5th article. We would also like to see the reconfirmation of the open doors policy. We can also manage to arrange the NATO-Georgia commission meeting after the summit that would include foreign ministers and, naturally, we will support this meeting” – stated Edgars Rinkēvičs.
On June 7-8th the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, is holding an official visit to Georgia, within the framework of which he will also meet with the Georgian PM, Irakli Gharibashvili, and the Speaker of Parliament, Kakha Kuchava.
During his stay in Georgia the Latvian Foreign Minister will visit the occupation line in the village of Odzisi, acquainting himself with the situation on the ground. Additionally, Edgars Rinkēvičs will honour the fallen heroes who fought for Georgia’s unity, laying wreath to the Heroes’ Memorial, making a note in the book of most dignified guests.