RIGA - Latvia's foreign policy course remains unchanged and envisages strengthening cooperation with the European Union (EU) and NATO partners, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at the annual meeting of heads of Latvian diplomatic missions today.
As the Prime Minister's representative Sandris Sabajevs informed LETA, Karins thanked the diplomatic service for its work in protecting Latvia's interests in these "challenging times".
"In today's changing circumstances (..) our main task in foreign policy remains the same - we must devote all our energy to working with our allies in the EU and NATO in order to explain and inform them about the current situation in our region," Karins emphasized.
According to the premier, since the restoration of independence Latvia has evolved as a country and become an equal partner to be counted on.
When faced with hybrid attacks by the Belarusian regime last year, Latvia was able to make decisions quickly and protect its border, while explaining its decisions and the current situation to its partners in the EU and NATO, said Karins. As a result, the EU is currently working on regulations for crossing borders in hybrid attack situations, the politician said.
Karins called on diplomats to promote new investments in the Latvian economy, especially in manufacturing and exports, thereby supporting implementation of the smart reindustrialization policy. "Our work is beginning to bear fruit - last year we experienced a record year in terms of attracting investment and promoting exports."
During the meeting with the diplomats, Karins also addressed the current issues on the EU agenda - the priorities of the French Presidency, the EU's climate policy, energy policy and its geopolitical aspects, as well as other foreign policy issues.