Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 20
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
Latvia has always supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, said the Latvian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Juris Maklakovs at an event dedicated to the 99th anniversary of Latvia's independence, held in the International Media Center in Baku.
"Fifty-three out of 100 deputies of the Latvian parliament adopted a statement on the Khojaly genocide," the ambassador added.
Touching upon the development of bilateral relations of the two countries, Maklakovs noted that in July, Latvia and Azerbaijan concluded an agreement on strategic cooperation.
"Latvia regards cooperation with Azerbaijan as one of the priorities of its foreign policy. We have many plans for cooperation not only in political, but also in other spheres. A trade house of Azerbaijan will be opened in Riga until the end of the current year, " the ambassador said.
He also added that Azerbaijan and Latvia plan to launch cooperation in student exchange, as well as to strengthen economic and diplomatic cooperation within the Eastern Partnership.
In July 2017, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Latvia, where he and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis signed a Joint Declaration on Establishing a Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Latvia.
The visit also resulted with a memorandum of understanding, signed between the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Transport of Latvia on international combined cargo transportation, an agreement between the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan and the Latvian Ministry of Economy on cooperation in state supervision of safety of construction, and an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in education.