RIGA - President Egils Levits has agreed with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko that his upcoming scheduled visit to Latvia will be postponed for a later date, but ''as soon as possible'', one of the president's spokeswoman Justine Deicmane told LETA.
On Tuesday, Levits had a telephone conversation with Lukashenko, during which both presidents, while pointing out to the good neighborly relations between the two countries, discussed current bilateral and international matters.
During the discussion, the presidents agreed that due to measures to curb the new coronavirus outbreak the visit of the Belarusian president to Latvia in April will be rescheduled, with the dates to be agreed by both parties.
The presidents also exchanged information on national action that is being taken to contain the spread of the virus. Levits and Lukashenko both praised Latvia-Belarus cooperation on repatriation issues in connection with the Covid-19 crisis, ensuring that Belarusian citizens can leave Latvia and return to Belarus, and Latvian citizens can travel through Minsk back to Latvia.
The two presidents also discussed the need to strengthen economic cooperation between Latvia and Belarus, including in the field of transport, which will be given special attention during Lukashenko's forthcoming visit to Latvia.
Levits and Lukashenko also discussed matters related to next year's Ice Hockey World Championships, which will be co-hosted by Latvia and Belarus.