Last year, relations between Latvia and Azerbaijan continued to thrive. The dynamics of relations included political cooperation, inter-parliamentary dialogue, trade, economic and humanitarian ties, Roman Naudins, a member of the Latvian Seimas (Parliament), told
He said that Azerbaijan is an important partner of Latvia in the region and the level of this partnership is strategic:
"Bilateral political dialogue has been regular, and our countries have successfully cooperated within international organizations. We welcome Azerbaijan's active and essential role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting various global initiatives and providing assistance to countries. Last year, Azerbaijan celebrated the first anniversary of its historic victory in the 44-day Patriotic War, and I would like to congratulate the people of Azerbaijan on this occasion. Azerbaijan has ended Armenia's 30-year military occupation and restored its territorial integrity. Latvia has always supported and continues to support the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the inviolability of its internationally recognized borders and sovereignty. This is our principled position."
Roman Naudins stressed that trade and economic relations between the two countries also developed last year, and business interests increased:
"The trade turnover between the two countries continued to grow last year. However, I want to emphasize that there is great potential for strengthening our relations in various fields, such as transport, logistics, tourism, investment, renewable energy sources, agriculture."
The MP believes that the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Humanitarian Cooperation in Riga this year will give a new impetus to the development of promising areas of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Latvia:
"The inter-parliamentary dialogue was also quite productive. In June last year, a delegation of the Azerbaijan Friendship Group of the Latvian Seimas paid a productive visit to Azerbaijan. Inter-parliamentary relations have been successfully maintained on various platforms during the year. This year, the Speaker of the Milli Majlis is scheduled to visit Latvia. As for humanitarian relations, 2021 will be remembered as a fruitful year in terms of cultural exchanges. As an example, I would like to note the event held by the Azerbaijani Embassy in the National Library of Latvia in December last year on the occasion of the 880th anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi. In the near future, we would like to deepen cooperation in the implementation of joint cultural, educational, research, youth and sports projects. In short, despite the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Azerbaijan and Latvia have actively continued mutually beneficial cooperation and created the necessary basis for the further development of bilateral relations in 2022."