On 23 August, the Foreign Minister of Germany Guido Westerwelle, the Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet and the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Audronius Ažubalis will arrive in Riga to take part in the regular political consultations between the Baltic States and Germany, the so-called 3+1 consultations. The Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum has been chosen as the venue for the event, mfa.gov.lv reports.
During the meeting the ministers will devote special attention to the current developments in the European Union, in particular, to financial and economic situation. Other topical international issues will also be discussed. As part of the official programme, the ministers will lay flowers at the Freedom Monument to mark the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The ministerial meeting will be followed by a press conference. At the conclusion, the ministers will be offered a tour through the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum and a concert in the Usma Church.
First consultations among the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany took place on 28 August 1996 in Leipzig, Germany, on the initiative of the then Foreign Minister, Klaus Kinkel. The event is held each year in a different country. Germany hosted the consultations last year.
Following the 3+1 consultations, the German Foreign Minister Westerwelle will meet with the Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs as part of a bilateral visit, in order to discuss the current matters of Latvian-German bilateral cooperation.