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20 Dec 2014

European Commissioner Johannes Hahn is Coming to Latvia

The European Union’s Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, will be in Riga on 22 December.

20 Dec 2014

Latvian Ambassadors to discuss Latvia’s Foreign Policy Priorities at their Gathering in Riga

Ambassadors of Latvia including the heads of diplomatic missions and the heads of Latvia’s delegations to international organisations, will gather for their annual meeting in Riga from 22 to 23 December.

20 Dec 2014

Discussions took place at the Foreign Ministry on camps for young people in Latvia’s Diaspora

A policy meeting of the working group on the diaspora was held at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs on 18 December during which the representatives of public institutions and the Latvian diaspora discussed camps for children and young people that were organised this year as well as those planned for 2015.

20 Dec 2014

Italy's Minister Paolo Gentiloni will be symbolically handing the Torch of the EU Presidency to Latvia

On 22 December, Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will come to Latvia on a working visit. Italy presides over the Council of the European Union (EU) until 31 December 2014.

19 Dec 2014

The Latvia-Russia Border Demarcation Commission Holds Its 21st Meeting

From 16 to 18 December, the Latvia-Russia Border Demarcation Commission convened for its 21st meeting in Riga. At the meeting, the delegations signed next year's Demarcation Works Plan setting out to complete all field work during 2015.

19 Dec 2014

Concerning Transit via the UK for Non-Citizens of Latvia

According to information on the UK Government website, procedures for passing through the UK in transit have changed as of 1 December 2014.

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.

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