Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius on Wednesday congratulated Laimdota Straujuma on her appointment to head the Latvian Cabinet for the second consecutive term.
Laimdota Straujuma
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"I am glad that we will be able to continue the cooperation built on support and mutual understanding. Please be assured that Lithuania highly values the close and warm relations between our countries, and I am convinced that the intensive and friendly relations will continue developing in the best possible direction, and mutual understanding will help solving problems, working and paving way for the future together," Butkevičius said in his congratulatory letter.

In his words, Lithuania and Latvia share more than just the strong historic relations that developed over centuries, the intensive European agenda and the shared security objectives but also successful cooperation in regional and global formats.

The Straujuma-led Latvia's new government was approved by the parliament at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.

In the 100-seat parliament, 61 deputies voted in support of the new Straujuma Cabinet, while 39 were against.

The new coalition government consists of the Unity party, the centre-right Union of Greens and Farmers and the conservative National Alliance.

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