Rinkevics discusses Latvia's progress towards OECD membership with new Swiss ambassador

On Friday, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Reform Party) met with the new Swiss Ambassador to Latvia Markus Niklaus Paul Dutly, who had arrived on an introductory visit.

The two officials discussed cooperation between Latvia and Switzerland. The parties noted that the countries had established a good political dialogue, as well as close cultural and economic cooperation.

Rinkevics expressed hope that Switzerland would support Latvia’s candidacy for the membership of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) during the next round of enlargement. The Latvian foreign minister was thankful for the Swiss financial instrument, which has helped fund a number of projects in the country, enabling the modernization of technical equipment at courts and purchasing school buses for 59 Latvian municipalities. The Swiss ambassador accentuated that he would devote particular attention in his work to the promotion of economic relations and investments.

The foreign minister wished success to Switzerland in performing its duties of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) presiding state in 2014.

On 21 March, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics was on a working visit to Switzerland, during which key topics in bilateral and international relations were discussed. The Swiss ambassador conveyed gratitude from the foreign minister of Switzerland, Didier Burkhalter, for the invitation to come to Latvia expressed during Rinkevics’ visit and confirmed that the minister intended to visit Riga in the second half of the year. Markus Niklaus Paul Dutly will succeed the former Ambassador of Switzerland to Latvia Walter Haffner.