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President Kaljulaid in Riga: Europe must stand united to defend its values

President Kaljulaid in Riga: Europe must stand united to defend its values © Toms Kalniņš/office of the President of the Republic of Latvia

The President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, emphasised at today's meeting with the heads of state of the other Baltic states and Germany that the importance of maintaining solidarity between countries that share common ways of thinking becomes more important as the world becomes more erratic. Today in Riga, the Head of State thanked the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, who was on his last foreign visit for his steadfast promotion of common European values.

At the meeting of the presidents of the four countries, the participants mostly focused on international relations and security issues. "As ourselves and countries that share our ideas values have marked, literally speaking, some red lines, it is highly important for us to stand up for maintaining these lines," said President Kaljulaid at the meeting.

During a discussion that focused on the future trends of the European Union, the Estonian Head of State emphasised that the EU must focus more on the protection of its major common interests and values. "Migration, security, economy and environmental issues – standing together, the European Union will definitely be more capable of resolving these matters. I don't know any European country that would cope with big challenges better alone than together," stated President Kaljulaid.

Co-operation between the three countries was a separate issue that was discussed at the meeting of the heads of the Baltic state. The Estonian Head of State emphasised the need to move forward with common large-scale transport and energy projects.

The heads of state of the Baltic states also thanked the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, for his contribution to the promotion of European values. "Germany plays a key role in European politics and for us it is important that there is a country that thinks in the same way on practically all the most important matters. President Gauck, who will soon leave office, has played a huge role in this regard," said the President of the Republic.

The Head of State also visited the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga and the Estonian school. At the end of the visit, she also took part in a reception dedicated to the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.


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