RIGA - Latvia supports aspirations of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to integrate with Europe, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary of State and Political Director Janis Mazeiks told the ambassadors of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on Thursday.
As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, Mazeiks met with Ukrainian Ambassador Olexandr Mischenko, Georgian Ambassador Tea Maisuradze and Moldovan Ambassador Adrian Rosa.
The ambassadors informed Mozeiks about a memorandum of understanding on establishing the "Association Trio" signed on May 17 by the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. In the memorandum, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova reaffirm their commitment to upholding reforms in accordance with the Association Agreements and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreements signed with the European Union (EU), which would promote closer cooperation and integration with the EU.
The ambassadors noted that the memorandum envisages measures of cooperation and coordination between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs on the matters of European integration and the Eastern Partnership.
Mazeiks confirmed that Latvia consistently supports the European integration aspiration of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. The "Association Trio" memorandum is regarded as a clear signal of their commitment to moving closer to the EU. Increased cooperation between the countries is important for reaching better results in the reform process thereby facilitating deeper cooperation with the EU and the resilience of partner countries, Mazeiks said.
The political director pointed out that Latvia, making use of development cooperation policy instruments, will continue providing assistance to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova through sharing its experience and expertise.