The Latvian and Estonian governments on August 21 held a joint meeting at the National Library of Latvia, commemorating the countries' centenary and discussing regional safety, energy, and information exchange, eng.lsm.lv reports.

Three years ago, Latvia held a joint meeting with Lithuania but this was the first time that the meeting was held with Estonia. The two countries agreed to increase cooperation in different areas, including defense, fighting propaganda and discussing the allocation of EU funds. 

"Today I can safely say that there are more areas in which Latvia and Estonia cooperate rather than compete. It seems self-evident as we've plenty of matters where our interests align. In my opinion, today a new step is being taken in the cooperation between the two countries," said Latvia's PM Māris Kučinskis (Greens and Farmers Union).

Meanwhile Estonia's PM Jüri Ratas said that this was the first time Estonia held a government meeting outside Estonia. "It's something special. It testifies to the fact that there's special and very close friendship between the two countries," he said.

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22.08.2018