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Canada PM Trudeau wishes Latvia on its 100th anniversary of independence

Canada PM Trudeau wishes Latvia on its 100th anniversary of independence

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Nov 2018, 09:01 am

Ottawa, Nov 19 (IBNS): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has wished people of Latvia on the occasion of the country's 100th anniversary of independence.

On the occasion, Trudeau issued a statement saying, "Canada and Latvia enjoy a special relationship, rooted in our shared values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, as well as our enduring people-to-people ties made strong by the more than 28,000 Canadians of Latvian heritage.

Highlighting the bonding of Canada and Latvia, the Prime Minister said: "Canada and Latvia also share close commercial ties. In February 2017, Latvia became the first member state of the European Union to ratify the Canadian-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement. We will continue to work together to strengthen our commercial relationship and grow our economies for the benefit of people in both our countries.

“During my visit to Latvia this past July, I had the chance to meet with Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and President Raimonds VÄ“jonis to further strengthen the close friendship our two countries share. I also reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to supporting NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Eastern and Central Europe. I look forward to building on our strong partnership to create new opportunities for Canadians and Latvians alike."

Latvia was declared an independent country on Nov 18, 1918.

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