RIGA - Germany and Latvia have a potential for deepening cooperation in developing new technologies and innovation, Latvian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andris Pelss said in a video conference with the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Miguel Berger.
As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, Pelss and Berger met in the video conference Wednesday for a discussion on bilateral cooperation and topics high on the European Union (EU) and international agendas.
Pelss congratulated his German counterpart on assuming the post and wished him a busy time in office, rich in joint projects.
The officials were unanimous that Latvia and Germany have established a close and intensive political dialogue and excellent business, cultural and educational contacts. The Latvian state secretary noted that there is a potential for expanding cooperation in the areas such as development of new technologies and innovations.
Pelss thanked Germany for its substantial contribution to strengthening security in the Baltic region and praised the joint efforts to bring Latvian nationals back home from Germany and other countries amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The state secretaries then discussed the effectiveness of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strategy for lifting restrictions. He underlined that EU solidarity and unity is of special importance in these times. The diplomats noted that it was vital to agree as soon as possible on an ambitious EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework and a Recovery Fund to jointly support the recovery of member states' economies.
Pelss pointed out that the pandemic has affected the EU’s agenda and Germany, as it takes over Presidency of the Council of the EU midway through this year, will have to face a number of serious challenges. The Latvian Foreign Ministry’s state secretary wished Germany a successful presidency period and pledged Latvia's support for Germany in its endeavors.