President Michael D Higgins met his Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis in Riga as he begins a State visit to Latvia.

The pair spoke of Ireland and Latvia’s shared historic struggle as the Baltic nation celebrates the centenary of its independence.

They discussed Brexit and the future of Europe, with Mr Vejonis offering support for Ireland's position on Brexit and its efforts to avoid a hard border on the Island of Ireland.

He also said they want to ensure the rights of Latvian and Irish citizens in Britain after Brexit.

The two men also spoke about the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, trade and education.

Mr Higgins laid flowers at Riga's freedom monument and donated a collection of Irish history books to the Latvian national library.

Around 20,000 Latvians live in Ireland and the visit aims to strengthen Ireland's ties in the Baltic region, with an eye on the post-Brexit European order.

President Higgins will then travel to neighbouring Lithuania for an official visit.