RIGA - During a farewell meeting with Italian Ambassador to Latvia Stefano Taliani de Marchio, Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andris Pelss thanked Italy for its contribution to the Baltic region's security and bilateral defense cooperation.
As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, Pelss also thanked the outgoing ambassador for his contribution to the enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as praised historically long-lasting and close cooperation between Latvia and Italy: 2021 saw 100 years since Italy recognized Latvia de jure.
The diplomats welcomed the increasing economic contacts and the important role of Italian companies in the Rail Baltica project. The state secretary noted that Latvia and Italy share a common focus on development, manufacturing and use of high value added products in the field of innovative technologies.
During their conversation, the state secretary and the ambassador also exchanged views on current global and security policy issues.
Ambassador Stefano Maria Taliani de Marchio was accredited to Latvia on November 8 2019.