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Latvia Proposes Allowing Kazakhstan To Use Ports

Riga, June 21 (RFE/RL) - Latvia has proposed allowing landlocked Kazakhstan to use its ports on the Baltic sea to move goods from the Central Asian country to western markets.

A Latvian government press release today said the offer was made by Latvian Prime Minister Andris Skele during a recent meeting with the Kazakh ambassador to Latvia, Sayat Beisenov.

Kazakhstan, which borders Russia, China, and three of the former Soviet Central Asian republics, has developed strong trade ties with Asia, but also has been seeking western outlets to market its goods.

The Latvian and Kazakh leaders also discussed bi-lateral relations, including the possible opening of a Latvian mission in Kazakhstan.