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Iranian, Latvian FMs discuss Iran-EU relations
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at2(113).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a meeting with his Latvian counterpart Edgar Rinkevich in Tehran on Wednesday, during which a number of bilateral and international issues were discussed.
 
At a press conference following the meeting, Zarif said the history of relations between Tehran and Riga dates back to the 1920s and expressed hope that the two countries would take measures to expand their ties in the economic and cultural spheres.
 
Heading a high-ranking economic and political delegation, the Latvian foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to hold talks to find ways to expand relations between Iran and the European Union.  
 
Rinkevich said Latvia is interested in increasing cultural interactions with Iran and expressed satisfaction with his visit to Tehran.  
 
Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015.
 
Not much more than a decade after it declared independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Latvia was welcomed as an EU member in May 2004. The move came just weeks after it joined NATO.
 
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Last Updated on 23 April 2014 16:28