RIGA - Favorable conditions have to be created for further steps of the Middle East Peace Process that would lead to the implementation of the so-called two-state solution where Palestine and Israel are separate countries, Latvian President Egils Levits said during a working visit to Palestine.
As LETA was told at the president's office, Levits on Wednesday visited Palestine where he met with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, and confirmed Latvia's intentions to expand cooperation in areas like economy, education, inter-parliamentary relations.
Latvia is also ready to share its reform experiences and best practices, Levits said. Untapped trade potential and need to expand business-to-business contacts were also stressed during the meeting.
The Latvian president underlined that Latvia supports the two-state solution "that would bring peace and understanding to the neighboring nations". Latvia also hopes Palestinians will be able to hold secular, free and fair elections.
Levits noted that as an European Union (EU) member, Latvia supports closer political dialogue between the EU and Palestine as well as the comprehensive EU-Palestine association agreement.
Latvia strongly supports the application of international laws, Levits said. In this context, the officials discussed the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Levits said that Russia will be held responsible for its war crimes against Ukraine.
At the same time, Latvia is also concerned about tensions in the Middle East. It is crucial to avoid civilian casualties, Levits said.
Latvia will continue to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, which is instrumental in helping deprived Palestinians take care of their basic needs.
Levits made the working visit to Palestine after a state visit to Israel.