Egypt and Latvia held a round of political consultations under the chairmanship of Ehab Nasr — Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for European affairs — and Latvian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Anders Belsh in the presence of the leadership of the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Before the start of the consultations, Nasr met with the Latvian FM, who expressed his appreciation for the results of his recent fruitful visit to Egypt, praising the level of relations between the two countries and his support for the development of those relations.
They also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in a number of files, as well as exchanging views on a number of regional and international issues of common interest.
During the consultations, it was agreed to discuss the possibility of establishing a Joint Business Council between the two countries in order to facilitate the work of companies and the private sector.
Nasr also reviewed the economic and investment opportunities provided by Egypt in many fields, as well as ways to develop bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially in light of the great development boom witnessed by Egypt in many sectors.
Additionally, on the side-lines of the round of consultations, Nasr held meetings with a number of senior officials, including a member of the presidential office of the Latvian parliament, and it was agreed on the importance of working on the establishment of an Egyptian Parliamentary Friendship Committee.
He also met with the deputy secretary of state for agriculture in order to discuss the export of Latvian wheat to Egypt, the export of Egyptian fertilisers to Latvia, and the continuation of consultation and coordination between the private sector of the two sides.
Furthermore, Nasr held a meeting with the secretary of state for education to discuss ways to develop cooperation between universities and scientific research centres in the two countries, as well as enhance student exchange.