Latvian diplomats and officials are capable of dealing with the foreign policy challenges facing Latvia this year - Kalnins

  • 2020-01-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - During Thursday's foreign policy debates at Saeima, the former chairman of the Saeima's Foreign Affairs Committee Ojars Eriks Kalnins (New Unity) said that Latvian diplomats and officials are capable of dealing with the foreign policy challenges facing Latvia in 2020.

Kalnins emphasized that the Latvia has been developing its foreign policy for 29 years. "Latvia's ability to respond strategically, pragmatically and far-sightedly to foreign policy developments in recent years is a strong testimony that we know what we are doing. We have clear goals, we know how to achieve them, and the results are visible," he said.

In his view, Latvia has done its utmost to strengthen its security, expand international cooperation opportunities and give its citizens extensive opportunities to use Latvia's foreign policy space to promote their personal development and growth.

Kalnins agreed that Latvia alone cannot not solve global foreign policy problems such as climate change, Brexit, the future of the European Union, the Russia-Ukraine war, conflicts in the Middle East or fires in Australia. 

Kalnins urged not to forget that Latvia's main foreign policy goal is to serve the interests of the people, stressing that Latvia's foreign policy has been successful because it directly serves the people.

Working with its allies and partners in NATO, North America, the European Union and the Baltic Sea region, Latvia has successfully been able to defend its economic interests, as well as its defense.

"Our relationship with the US has never been better than it is today," Kalnins said, pointing out that Latvia's foreign policy achievements stem from the country's "special abilities", mentioning, for example, the NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence, which has become a global leader in countering disinformation.

"I have been involved in Latvia's foreign policy for more than 30 years and we have never been as stable, consistent and strong as we are today. We have deep experience and a thoughtful approach to any foreign policy issue," Kalnins said.