MINSK, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Belarus is eyeing more financial and technical assistance from the European Union (EU), the country's Prime Minister Sergei Rumas told Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins on Thursday here.
Minsk is interested in making greater use of the potential of the Eastern Partnership, a joint initiative involving the EU, its member states and six eastern European partners, including Belarus, for the development of the Belarusian economy, the prime minister said.
Rumas expressed gratitude to Latvia for its constructive position in helping make Belarus a full-scale partner of the EU.
He thanked Karins for his support of the Belarusian efforts to remove obstacles to investment and conduct more cooperation with countries within the EU.
Belarus is a very important neighbor of Latvia, Karins said, adding that Latvia is pleased to see an independent, stable and prosperous Belarus.
He also said Latvia is interested in relations between Belarus and the EU, especially within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, as well as in creating positive relations between Belarus and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.