Riga, 30 September 2023 (TDI): Catherine Colonna, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, and Acting Foreign Minister of Latvia, Arvils Aseradens signed Latvia-France Strategic Partnership Plan for 2024-2027 on November 29, 2023.

The objectives of this Strategic Partnership Plan are to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between France and Latvia across various sectors, including economic and energy cooperation, security and defense, support for Ukraine and European affairs, the development of public administration, cultural exchange, education, and language learning.

Additionally, on May 23, 2008, the heads of both governments signed a strategic action plan that laid the foundation for the approval and implementation of a multi-year action plan by the cabinet.

During Catherine Colonna’s visit, she emphasized France’s continuous support for Ukraine and engaged in discussions about NATO security in the eastern flank, an area in which France actively participates.

The Ministers from both sides also highlighted the importance of European enlargement issues during their meeting. Economic and trade collaborations were a central focus of their discussions.

Furthermore, officials from both countries exchanged views on regional developments and recent international developments.

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During her visit, Catherine Colonna paid a visit to the Museum of Occupation, laid flowers at the Freedom Monument, and received an introduction to the Rail Baltica project. 

This visit marked her second trip to Latvia with her previous visit occurring in 2006 when she held the position of Minister for European Affairs.

Catherine Colonna, the Foreign Minister of France, also had scheduled meetings during her official visit to Latvia with the President of Latvia, Edgar Rinkevics, and the Prime Minister, Evika Silina.