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27 Nov 2014

State Secretary Pildegovičs and the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Discuss Cooperation during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU and its Priorities

On 26 November in Riga, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Maciej Popowski, to discuss Latvia's priorities during its Presidency of the Council of the EU, and cooperation in the first half of 2015.

26 Nov 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs: Georgia is an EU Eastern Partnership Leader

On 26 November in Tbilisi, during the official visit to Georgia of the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Tamar Beruchashvili.

26 Nov 2014

Latvia Supports the Decision to Continue Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Latvia expresses its appreciation on the determination of the E3/EU+3 countries and Iran to continue talks on a comprehensive solution the nuclear programme of Iran and the decision to prolong the validity of the measures of the Joint Plan of Action till 30 June 2015.

26 Nov 2014

Senior Officials from EU Foreign Ministries Meet in Riga

On 27 and 28 November, senior officials from the Foreign Ministries of the EU Member States and the European External Action Service (EEAS) - State Secretaries, Directors General, Political Directors, and others, convene for a meeting in Riga.

26 Nov 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Meet with Vidar Helgesen, the Minister for European Economic Area and European Union Affairs of Norway

On 28 November, Edgars Rinkēvičs, the minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, will meet with the Minister of European Economic Area (EEA) and EU Affairs of Norway, Vidar Helgesen.

25 Nov 2014

Eduards Stiprais, Political Director of the Foreign Ministry, Takes Part in the Opening of the Conference “Jews in a Changing World”

On 24 November, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Political Director, Eduards Stiprais, participated in the opening session of the 9th International Conference "Jews in a Changing World". This year's conference marks the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Jewish community in Latvia.

24 Nov 2014

The Ambassador of Ukraine Bids Farewell to the Foreign Minister

On 24 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia, Anatoliy Oliynyk, on his farewell visit.

24 Nov 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Bids Farewell to the Ambassador of Poland

On 24 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Poland to Latvia, Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, who met with the Foreign Minister on his farewell visit.

24 Nov 2014

Latvia and Pakistan Look at Opportunities for Promoting Cooperation

On 24 November in Riga, the third political consultations took place between Latvia and Pakistan. The Latvian delegation was headed by the Under Secretary of State, Eduards Stiprais. The leader of the delegation of Pakistan was Additional Secretary for Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Nadeem Riyaz. With the aim of strengthening political dialogue between the Foreign Ministries, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the establishment of a mechanism for regular political consultations.

22 Nov 2014

Latvia Presents its EU Presidency Schedule of Events

On 21 November, experts from the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Estonia held their informal consultations on questions related to the European Union. The consultations were chaired by the Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Foreign Ministry of Latvia, Inga Skujiņa, and the Director of the European Department, Ilze Rūse.

22 Nov 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Expresses Support for Ukraine’s Reform Processes and its Territorial Integrity

On 21 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ostap Semerak. Edgars Rinkēvičs congratulated Ostap Semerak on the first anniversary of the Euromaidan protests, which has been declared the Day of Honour and Freedom in Ukraine. The Ministers highlighted the excellent relations between Latvia and Ukraine and confirmed their readiness to intensify cooperation.

21 Nov 2014

The MFA’s State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs and Egyptian Officials Discuss Cooperation

On 20 November, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, was on a working visit in Cairo. The State Secretary met with the Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs of Egypt, Hatem Aziz Seif El-Nasr. During political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Egypt, the diplomats concurred that the bilateral relations between the two countries hold high potential for cooperation in the fields of higher education, tourism, culture, and transport.

21 Nov 2014

State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs Meets with a Representative of the Arab League

On 20 November, as part of his working visit, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the League of Arab States, Dr. Fadel Mohamed Gawad.

21 Nov 2014

Latvia Participates in the Plenary of the UN General Assembly on the Situation in Afghanistan

On 20 November, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia at Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations (New York), Inese Freimane-Deksne, delivered a statement on the situation in Afghanistan. The plenary also adopted a resolution, which Latvia supported and co-sponsored.

21 Nov 2014

Canadian Parliamentary Delegation Visits the Latvian Foreign Ministry

On 20 November, the Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs, Inga Skujiņa, and the Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate, Einars Semanis, met with David Tilson, the Head of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association of the Canadian Parliament and his delegation. The topics discussed were the priorities for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and Latvia's bilateral cooperation with Canada and the EU's Eastern Partnership countries.

21 Nov 2014

MFA’s Parliamentary Secretary Heads Latvia’s Delegation to an EU Foreign Affairs Council on Trade Issues

On 21 November, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will head the delegation of Latvia at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council for Trade Issues in Brussels.

20 Nov 2014

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland Discuss Baltic Security

On 20 November, the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with Victoria Nuland, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. During their meeting, they discussed regional security issues, including the security at Latvia’s borders, and Latvia’s priorities for its upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, especially in regard of the Eastern Partnership countries, and conclusion of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States of America.

20 Nov 2014

State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs Meets with Jordanian Diplomats

On 19 November political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Jordan took place in Amman. The State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Acting Foreign Minister of Jordan, Mohammad Al Momani, and the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Mohammad Taisir Bani Yassen. The meeting addressed bilateral cooperation, recent developments, the EU’s policy in the region, and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

20 Nov 2014

Latvian and British Foreign Ministers Discuss Cooperation with respect to the EU and Europe’s Security

On 19 November, the State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, visited the Zaatari Refugee Camp near Mafraq close to the border between Syria and Jordan. State Secretary Pildegovičs, the camp administration, and a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees discussed the refugees’ living conditions including the availability of drinking water and sanitation. The State Secretary gave special attention to the issues of employment, health care and education.

20 Nov 2014

Non-verbatim read out of the interview by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with Ilze Nagla (Latvian Television)

Secretary General, you talked about a significant Russian military build-up. Is this a threat to eastern European countries only or to NATO as a whole?

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