Press Release on the working visits of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Latvia and Lithuania (5 & 6 May)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, is leaving tonight for Latvia and Lithuania, where he will pay working visits over the next two days.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5, Mr. Christodoulides will hold a tête-à-tête meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga, followed by bilateral consultations, with the participation of official delegations. During his stay in Riga, the Foreign Minister will also be received by the President of the country, Mr. Egils Levits, and will have a meeting with the President of the Parliament, Ms. Ināra Mūrniece.
The talks are expected to focus on, among other, the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Latvia and their further strengthening, issues of European interest, including the EU relations with Turkey, the Cyprus issue, in the light of the results of the Informal Geneva Conference, the latest developments in the wider Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region, the Eastern Partnership, transatlantic relations, and other international and regional issues of common interest.
Messrs. Christodoulides and Rinkēvičs will deliver statements at a joint press conference at 13.40 (Cyprus time).
On the morning of Thursday, 6 May, the Foreign Minister will travel to Vilnius, where he will have a tête-à-tête meeting and extended consultations with his Lithuanian counterpart, Mr. Gabrielius Landsbergis. During the consultations, issues related to bilateral relations, the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, EU-Turkey relations, as well as other issues of European and international interest, such as, among other, energy security, management of migration flows, the Eastern Partnership and the Southern Neighborhood are expected to be discussed.
The two Ministers are expected to make statements to representatives of the media at 12.00 (Cyprus time).
Earlier, Mr. Christodoulides will hold a meeting with the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament, Ms. Viktorija ilymilytė-Nielsen.