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U.S. hopes to expand trade relations with Latvia

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 02.07.2012.Print version
After a meeting with Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) on June 29, the visiting delegation of nine United States congressmen said that the U.S. is interested in expanding trade relations with Latvia.

Valdis Dombrovskis at the meeting with US congressmen. Rigam 29.06.2012. Photo:

As Dombrovskis explained, various issues were discussed during the meeting, with much emphasis on economic cooperation between the United States and Latvia, as well as attracting investments. At the same time, the two sides also discussed cooperation within NATO, matters concerning the Northern Distribution Network, as well as future cooperation in the mission in Afghanistan. The congressmen also were interested to hear about the economic situation in the euro-zone, as well as relations with Russia, writes LETA.


Speaking about increasing trade and attracting U.S. investments, the prime minister said that work in this area is already being carried out at the moment, and that the congressmen promised their support if necessary.


The head of the delegation, Republic Congressman Dan Burton, thanked the prime minister for the warm welcome they have received in Latvia. He said that Latvia has been an important ally for the United States. He also expressed hope that relations between the two countries will remain just as good, and that cooperation will continue to strengthen. At the same time, Burton said that the U.S. is interested in expanding trade relations with Latvia, and expressed confidence that the U.S. business delegation which will arrive in Latvia tomorrow will certainly be interested in such cooperation. He also said that once he returns to the United States, he will urge other colleagues to visit Latvia.


Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks also expressed thanks for the warm welcome, and said that the United States is interested in continuing to strengthen relations between the two countries.


As reported, the U.S. congressmen have arrived in Latvia to continue the political dialogue between both countries.


LETA was previously informed by Dombrovskis' press secretary Martins Panke that Dombrovskis will inform the congressmen about Latvia's investment opportunities and advantages in implementing projects aimed at production and exports.

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