RIGA - The opening of an embassy in Australia is a confirmation of Latvia's desire and determination to strengthen bilateral relations by expanding political dialogue, finding new opportunities for cooperation in trade and development of innovative technologies, as well as creating joint projects in the field of culture, Latvia's new Ambassador to Australia told LETA in an interview.
The ambassador noted that although the two countries are geographically far apart, Latvia and Australia are united by a common understanding of values and similar views on the opportunities and challenges of today's world. Krams also emphasized that the active and numerous Latvian community in Australia is an integral part of Latvian society, which has made a significant contribution to the preservation and restoration of Latvia's statehood.
"Today, working together, we can continue to strengthen the Latvian identity, our language, culture and life message. The opening of the embassy will provide more accessible consular services, thus creating preconditions for closer ties between our compatriots and Latvia and opportunities for them to participate in our country's political processes," the ambassador said.
He emphasized that the common values of the two countries are based on democracy and human rights. Both countries value effective multilateralism and a rights-based international order. Latvia's diplomatic presence in Canberra will contribute to the search for common directions for co-operation in advancing the interests of both countries in international organizations.
"Australia, like Latvia, is facing the modern challenges we are all facing, including targeted misinformation. The expertise accumulated in Latvia is considerable, and the exchange of experience in solving these challenges would be mutually beneficial," said Krams.