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    Latvian PM, Canadian speaker support creation of memorial to victims of Communism in Ottawa

    RIGA, Sept 14 (LETA) - Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) and the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, George Furey, during a meeting in Riga today expressed support to creation of a memorial to the victims of Communism in Ottawa.

    They said the memorial would be a reminder of millions of people, who had suffered from the Communist regimes, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers reported.

    "Creation of the memorial is a matter of historical justice and remembrance both for the Latvians, who were deported [by the Soviet authorities], and the Latvians, who fled from a new occupation and return of the Communist regime and found refuge in Canada after World War II," Kucinskis said.

    The Latvian prime minister voiced appreciation of Canada's decision to become the Framework Nation for the NATO multi-national battle group deployed to Latvia which is a major step towards strengthening security in the region. The arrival of Canadian troops to Latvia in June this year completed the deployment of NATO forces in the Baltics and Poland to strengthen NATO's eastern flank in line with the decisions of the Warsaw Summit.

    Kucinskis underlined that support to NATO presence in Latvia and strengthening of national defense capacity were among the priorities of the Latvian government. In three years, Latvia has doubled its defense budget, and it will reach 2 percent of GDP next year.

    Canada is also a reliable trade partner for Latvia, with trade turnover rising 48 percent over the last five years. The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will open up opportunities for Latvian companies operating in the traditional sectors of the economy, such as food industry, wood-processing, transit and logistics, as well as to pave way for innovations, IT development and cooperation regarding startups. Latvia was the first EU member state to ratify the CETA.

    The Latvian prime minister also extended an invitation to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Latvia.

    • Published: 14.09.2017 12:17
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