Indian VP visits Latvia, highlighting education, science cooperation

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-20 22:41:34|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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RIGA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- India's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, currently on tour in Baltic region, met with Latvian President Egils Levits here on Tuesday for talks on bilateral cooperation, particularly in education and science, the Latvian president's office informed.

They said that the Indian vice president's visit was an affirmation of successful economic and cultural exchange between the two countries as well as political dialogue, which has become particularly active since 2015 when Latvia opened its embassy in Delhi.

Levits told Naidu that Latvia would like to further develop educational and science cooperation with India by concluding new bilateral agreements and promoting exchange between the two countries' universities and colleges, especially given that there are already more than 2,000 Indian national studying at Latvian universities.

During Naidu's visit to Riga, delegations of Latvian and Indian entrepreneurs signed a cooperation agreement and discussed an idea to establish a Latvia-India business council in order to bolster business contacts.

While meeting with the Indian vice president, Levits also spoke in support of closer political and economic cooperation between the European Union (EU) and India, according to the Latvian president's office said.

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, who also met with Naidu during his visit in Riga, called on India to open its embassy in Riga with the aim to facilitate closer cooperation.