On 2 June, the President of Latvia Egils Levits met with the President-elect Edgars Rinkēvičs. During the meeting, they discussed the current political situation in the government, as well as foreign policy issues, in particular, the upcoming NATO Heads of State and Government Summit in Vilnius in July.
President Egils Levits comments to the media:
Today I met with the newly elected President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs. I congratulate him on his election. I think that the newly elected President of Latvia will perform his duties very well. I am very keen to hand over the baton to Mr Rinkēvičs because he has proved himself as a statesman of Latvia and as a patriot of Latvia. Latvia will be in safe hands for the next four years!
We also discussed the political situation. At the moment, it is opaque. The task of the parties and the parliamentary factions is to see how the government can function in the future. It is possible to have a new model of government, and it is possible to continue the current one, but that, as I said, is in the hands of the parties and the factions. If the situation requires it, I will make my choice before 8 July. After that, it will be up to the new President.
Lastly, we discussed the foreign policy situation and the issue of the NATO summit in Vilnius. At this summit, we must certainly find a solution to bring Ukraine even closer to NATO. We will work on this until 8 July.