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18 Dec 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs: Cooperation with Central Asia is one of Latvia's Priorities in the EU

On 18 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Erlan Abdyldaev, who was in Latvia on an official visit.

18 Dec 2014

The Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan to Visit Latvia

On 17-18 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Erlan Abdyldaev, will be on an official visit to Latvia.

17 Dec 2014

Second Meeting of the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Council

The Stabilisation and Association (SA) Council between Serbia and the European Union held its second meeting on 17 December 2014. The meeting was chaired by Jadranka Joksimović, Serbia’s Minister without portfolio for EU Integration of Serbia. The EU Delegation was led by Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and included Johannes Hahn, the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

16 Dec 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs Presents Latvia’s EU Presidency and Expresses his Gratitude to Italy for its Accomplishments

At the 16 December meeting of the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC), Ministers considered the conclusions of the 18-19 December European Council, highlighting the issues that will be salient during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs presented Latvia’s proposals for priorities to be pursued during its Presidency and its ideas for advancing the digital agenda.

16 Dec 2014

Latvia Conveys Condolences and Condemns the Barbaric Attack on a School in Pakistan

Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to Pakistan concerning the attack by a group of Taliban on a school in Peshawar in which both children and teachers were killed and injured.

16 Dec 2014

Latvia’s Ambassador Juris Poikāns presents his Credentials to the President of Moldova

During a 15-16 December visit for accreditation, Ambassador Juris Poikāns presented his credentials to the President of Moldova Nicolae Timofte, and met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Moldova,Valeriu Chiveri. They discussed bilateral cooperation, relations between the European Union and Moldova, and the situation after the parliamentary elections in Moldova.

16 Dec 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs: The Riga Summit will give a Clear Signal for the Development of the Eastern Partnership

On 15 December in Brussels, before the meeting of the European Council, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the informal gathering of the group of friends of Ukraine which was organised before the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting. Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine; Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative; and Johannes Hahn, the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, were present at this meeting.   

15 Dec 2014

EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Developments in Syria and Iraq

On 15 December in Brussels, EU Foreign Ministers discussed the developments in Syria and Iraq, and adopted Council conclusions calling for a comprehensive solution to the protracted crisis in Syria.

15 Dec 2014

Foreign Ministry Political Consultations in Moscow

On 14 and 15 December, political consultations between Latvia and Russia took place in Moscow. Andrejs Pildegovičs, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, met with the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Titov, and representatives from the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs.

13 Dec 2014

Latvia Urges UN Member States to Step up Prevention of Crimes of Aggression

On December 12 2014 in New York City, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the UN, made a statement at the 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

13 Dec 2014

Latvia Establishes Diplomatic Relations with Sierra Leone

On 12 December 2014, diplomatic relations were established between the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Sierra Leone in New York city.

13 Dec 2014

Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica Encourages Promotion of Gender Equality in Development Cooperation Policy

At the meeting of the Ministers for Development of the Foreign Affairs Council that was held in Brussels on 12 December, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica highlighted promotion of gender equality in the context of development cooperation as one of the priorities during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

12 Dec 2014

Trade will be at the Forefront during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 11 December, Maija Manika, Head of Directorate for Economic Relations, Trade and Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to discuss Latvia’s priorities during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).

12 Dec 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia will promote dialogue with Armenia during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 12 December, Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Foreign Minister, made a working visit to the Republic of Armenia. The Foreign Minister met Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan, National Assembly president Galust Sahakyan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian.

12 Dec 2014

Consultations Planned between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia

The Latvian and Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs will meet in Moscow for consultations on 15 and 16 December.

12 Dec 2014

The Media Environment in the Eastern Partnership Region and EU support are discussed in Brussels

A workshop dedicated to media environment issues in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Region was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 11th December. The event was organised by the European Commission and European External Action Service in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to prepare for the Media Conference that will take place in May 2015 during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

12 Dec 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Participate in the upcoming meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council in Brussels

The next Foreign Affairs Council takes place on 15 December followed by the General Affairs Council on 16 December.

11 Dec 2014

The Latvia-Lithuania Working Group Meets to Discuss Exploration and Exploitation of Cross-border Resources in the Baltic Sea

On 11 December 2014 in Riga, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the intergovernmental Latvian and Lithuanian working group held its second meeting on exploration and exploitation of cross-border resources in accordance with Article 4 of Latvia - Lithuania Sea Border Agreement.

11 Dec 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Visit Armenia

From 11 to 13 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will visit Armenia to discuss the issues of current importance in bilateral relations between Latvia and Armenia, cooperation between the European Union and Armenia, and regional cooperation.

10 Dec 2014

The Latvian MFA condemns the Death of Minister Ziad Abu Ein

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns actions taken by Israeli Security Forces that resulted in the death of Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio at the Palestinian National Authority.

10 Dec 2014

Latvian and Serbian Foreign Ministers Emphasise Cooperation During EU and OSCE Presidencies

On 10 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, who was in Latvia for a one-day working visit.

10 Dec 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Meets with Szabolcs Takács, Hungary’s State Secretary for EU Affairs

On 10 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Hungarian Government’s State Secretary for EU Affairs, Szabolcs Takács.

10 Dec 2014

Serbia’s Foreign Minister to Visit Latvia

On 10 December, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, will be in Latvia for a working visit.

10 Dec 2014

New Voluntary Contributions to International Organisations Approved by the Latvian Government

On 9 December, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved draft resolutions entitled “On contributions to the budget of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): Internally Displaced People in Ukraine” and "On contributions to the budget of the Eastern European Energy Efficiency and Environmental Partnership Fund” (E5P). The contribution proposals were prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

10 Dec 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker to Launch the European Year for Development in Riga

On 9 January, Riga will host an official ceremony for launching the European Year for Development 2015 that will be dedicated to development cooperation. The European Year for Development offers us an excellent opportunity to promote dialogue and debate on the priorities for the EU and Latvia in the process of formulating new goals, especially in view of the fact that next year the UN members will have to agree on the post-2015 global development agenda.

10 Dec 2014

Latvia’s Ambassador Ilgvars Kļava Accredited in Bulgaria

n 9 December, in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia, Ilgvars Kļava, presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev. The Ambassador and the President discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and highlighted their constructive character that holds future potential for economy, culture and tourism.

10 Dec 2014

The Foreign Ministry Hosts Political Consultations between Latvia and Germany

On 9 December, the Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Michael Roth, during his visit to Latvia, met with Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, and Viktors Makarovs, Advisor to the Foreign Minister.

10 Dec 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs Meets with Bruno Maçães, the Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal

On 9 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Secretary of State of European Affairs of Portugal, Bruno Maçães, who was in Latvia on a working visit. The topics addressed during the meeting were the priorities for Latvia's Presidency of the Council of the EU, with a special focus on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy.

10 Dec 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Discusses Cooperation with Uwe Corsepius, Secretary-General of the Council of the EU

On 9 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs. met with the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, Uwe Corsepius. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister also addressed cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU during the Latvian Presidency, including the role of the General Affairs Council, the preparation of meetings of the Council working groups, and other matters related to cooperation among EU institutions.

10 Dec 2014

Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs, Inga Skujiņa, and the New Ambassador of Albania to Latvia Discuss Prospective Cooperation

On 9 December, the Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs, Inga Skujiņa, met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Latvia, Shpresa Kureta, who was in Latvia for her accreditation.

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