FM Liberman proposed that the positive political relations be translated into the development of strong economic ties between the two countries.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (5 July 2010) in Riga with Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, Foreign Minister Aivis Ronis, Deputy Speaker of the Latvian Parliament Karina Petersone, and with the Latvia-Israel parliamentary friendship group. FM Liberman is also scheduled to meet with Minister for Transport Kaspars Gerhards.
In his meetings with the Latvian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, FM Liberman discussed the strengthening of ties between Israel and Latvia and proposed that the positive political relations be translated into the development of strong economic ties between the two countries. They also discussed regional and global issues.
With regard to the Turkish demand for an apology and compensation from Israel, FM Liberman said that Israel has no intention of apologizing to Turkey. The Foreign Minister noted that there has been a dramatic change in Turkish policy resulting from domestic changes, as reflected in the Turkish vote at the UN Security Council against imposing sanctions on Iran – contrary to the American position. We believe that this position is mistaken, FM Liberman noted, but the changes in Turkey are a domestic matter and we will not interfere.
This evening (5 July) FM Liberman departs for Finland.