RIGA, Sept 13 (LETA) - Canada’s decision to become the lead nation of NATO’s multinational battle group in Latvia has been promoting not only security, but also political and economic cooperation between the two countries, President Raimonds Vejonis said during a meeting with George Furey, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, today.The Latvian president thanked Canada for its contribution to Latvia’s security as the lead nation by undertaking command of the NATO battle group in Latvia in accordance with the agreement reached at the Alliance’s summit in Warsaw.“At a time when Russia is staging a major military training exercise at the Baltic states’ borders, we appreciate the enhanced allied presence in the region. The Canada-led NATO battle group has achieved full operational readiness,” President Vejonis said.The Latvian president also noted increasing cooperation between NATO and the EU in countering hybrid threats and the significance of strategic communication, stressing the NATO mission’s deterrence message and praising Canada’s support to the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (StratCom). Vejonis also voiced satisfaction about the delivery on the new generation Bombardier CS 300 passenger aircraft to Latvia’s airBaltic national carrier whose upgraded fleet will allow for saving costs and ensure more environment-friendly operations.The Latvian president also mentioned active political dialogue and economic cooperation between the two countries, noting that Latvia was the first EU member states to ratify the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA).“Trade turnover with Canada has significantly increased in recent years, and CETA will provide new opportunities to entrepreneurs of both countries. We hope to develop closer economic cooperation by diversifying Latvian export of goods and attracting Canadian investment,” President Vejonis said.Furey and his delegation are in Latvia on an official visit from September 12 to 16.
Published: 13.09.2017 14:27