Estonian, Latvian presidents meet for enhanced bilateral cooperations

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-11 00:22:42|Editor: yan
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TALLINN, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid Wednesday met with her Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis to focus on issues of energy, environment, security and enhanced bilateral cooperation.

The two presidents discussed cooperation in the sectors of e-governance, security and environment, as well as the Rail Baltica project, a greenfield rail transport infrastructure project with a goal to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network, which includes five European Union (EU) countries of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and indirectly also Finland.

They also stressed the importance of the synchronization of Baltic power networks with continental Europe, which is regarded as a security issue of the Baltic states.

Kaljulaid and Vejonis also visited Locked Shields 2019, an international cyber defense exercise organized by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence based in Tallinn.

The exercise includes new critical infrastructure components and integrates the technical and strategic game with the aim to enable participating nations to practice the entire chain of command in solving a large-scale cyber incident, said the organizer.

Vejonis also met with the Estonian Prime Minister Yuri Ratas and Henn Polluaas, president of the Estonian parliament, to tackle on bilateral ties, defence, the EU and NATO, among others.

During his state visit to Estonia from Tuesday to Thrusday, the Latvian president Thursday was scheduled to visit Sakret, the largest mortar factory in the Baltic States, which was founded on the basis of Latvian private capital and is located near Paide, about 90 km southeast to Tallinn.

He will also visit the Town Hall of Tartu and the University of Tartu, as well as the Estonia National Museum in Estonia's second largest city, according to the schedule.