Baltic presidents meet and discuss climate change, digital era and security

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On his first official foreign visit, Latvia’s President Egils Levits met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The two discussed climate change, challenges of the digital age and security affairs.

Leaders of the two countries agreed that Baltic and Nordic states should cooperate in climate change matters and agreed that climate change is a priority for Europe and the rest of the world. The two also stressed that Latvia and Estonia will be very active in relation to climate change in the EU Council during Finland’s presidency.

Both presidents also discussed international law affairs in relation to challenges from the digital era, as well as topics associated with efforts to strengthen democracy. Kaljulaid and Levits agreed that this is a topical matter in relation to which it is necessary to organize talks on a presidential level.

«As two digitally capable countries that host two NATO centres (STRATCOM and CyberDefence) that work with information security affairs, we will expand our cooperation and strengthen NATO in the digital era,» said Levits, in relation to the future of digital cooperation.

As for cooperation in international relations, Levits congratulated Estonia for its election as a UN Security Council Resolute Member State 2020-2021, stressing that Latvia will fully support Estonia’s priorities in this status.

Both presidents also discussed topical developments in Europe, Rail Baltica and the importance of synchronizing the electricity network of Baltic States. Levits also thanked Estonian singers for celebrating Jānis Cimze and congratulated the country with the 150th anniversary of their Song and Dance Festival.

Latvia’s president also thanked Estonia for the assistance the country provided in Cēsis battles in 1919. He also mentioned the cooperation Baltic States had in security affairs in Baltic Council of Ministers and Baltic Assembly. Estonian president said she is happy that Latvia has allocated 2% of its GDP to defence in 2019.

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