Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
The cooperation between Latvia and Azerbaijan has deepened in recent years, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis said in an interview with The Business Year magazine.
"I consider that there is still huge potential for the further expansion of our relations, especially in political, economic, and cultural areas," the president said.
"I strongly believe that new initiatives to enrich our bilateral relations will be started and implemented during my four-year term as the president of Latvia," he added.
The president stressed that Latvia highly appreciates open and constructive political dialogue with Azerbaijan.
"Latvia is interested in expanding the cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of education," he said. "We also have good cooperation between Latvian and Azerbaijani experts at the local government level regarding the issues of healthcare, education, and migration, and we hope to facilitate this cooperation even more."
"Apart from the already existing good cooperation between our countries in the field of transport and logistics, there is still much potential," he said.
"The container train project ZUBR is one of the best practical examples for our further cooperation in this field," he said. "The ZUBR project could serve as a connector of transport systems between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea."
The president stressed that Azerbaijan is an important partner of the EU in the energy and transit sectors.
"We highly value the role of Azerbaijan in the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor and the ongoing work on the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline, the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)," he said.
"Latvia, as a firm supporter of strengthening the relations between the EU and Azerbaijan, believes that the cooperation in the framework of the Eastern Partnership should be continued," the president said.
The president stressed that an individual approach should be applied in cooperation with each Eastern Partnership country.
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