On 18 September, as part of the European Capital of Culture programme, a commemorative plaque honouring courageous individuals who saved Jewish lives was unveiled at Brīvības bulvāris 32. In this apartment building, a Latvian electrician Jānis Ozols and his wife Lilija concealed and protected Jews hunted by the Nazi regime during World War Two.
Training Programme for the Eastern Partnership Region and Central Asia Launched at the Foreign Ministry
On 15 September, the State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, launched a training programme entitled “Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics for the Eastern Partnership Region and Central Asia”. The participants of the programme hail from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan will stay in Latvia until 5 December building up their knowledge of European law, economics and international affairs.
Latvian Foreign Ministry Officials Discuss Preparations for the EU Presidency with Colleagues from Romania
On 18 September in Riga, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Romania held consultations on the upcoming Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. For the Latvian side, the consultations were chaired by the State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Romanian delegation was headed by the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for European Affairs, George Ciamba.
On 18 September in Riga, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Belarus held consultations on issues related to the development of the Eastern Partnership. The Belarusian delegation was headed by the Director of the Foreign Ministry’s European Cooperation Department, Denis Sidorenko, and the delegation of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by the Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership, Juris Poikāns.
Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe Urges the Russian Federation to Withdraw its Troops from Ukraine
Latvia welcomes the decision made by the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe at their meeting on 17 September urging the Russian Federation to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine and refrain from any further military interference in Ukraine. In their decision, the Ministers’ Deputies also called upon the Russian Federation to use all its influence over the separatists in eastern Ukraine with a view to de-escalating tensions.
On 18 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will go on a visit to Liepāja. At the University of Liepāja, Minister Rinkēvičs will meet the administration and give a public lecture on questions of foreign policy and national security.
On 17 September, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viktors Makarovs, met with a delegation of senior officials from the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament).
The Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Appraisal of a 13 September 2014 Speech by a Russian Special Representative on Human Rights
In a 13 September speech concerning, inter alia, schools in Latvia, published on a Russian government website, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Konstantin Dolgov, has once again shown, that he is out of touch with current realities, trends, policies, and legislation in the Republic of Latvia.
Latvia welcomes the ratification of the European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement. It will provide a new impetus for cooperation between the EU and Ukraine, taking relations which are already close and intensive to the next level. The ratification of the Association Agreement will provide a solid basis for implementation of reforms in Ukraine.
The President of Latvia Presents Letters of Credence to the Latvia’s Next Ambassador to Moldova, H.E. Juris Poikāns
On 15 September, the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš, in an official ceremony at the “House of the Blackheads”, presented credentials to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Moldova, Juris Poikāns. Ambassador Poikāns will reside in Riga.
Seminar to be held at the MFA: “Latvia’s Business Opportunities in the United Arab Emirates: Prospects and the Market Profile”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia have organised a seminar entitled “Business Opportunities for Latvia in the United Arab Emirates. Prospects and the Market Profile” that will take place on 22 September from 12.00 to 14.00.
The Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, Meets Representatives of the “Red Jackets” Export Support Movement
On 15 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with members of a movement supporting Latvian exporters, “The Red Jackets”.
On 15 September, the State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to Latvia, Ba Hawa Keita, who was in Latvia for her accreditation.
The State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry and the Ambassador of Pakistan Discuss Opportunities for Expanding Economic Cooperation
On 15 September, the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Ambassador of Pakistan to Latvia, Khalid Hussain Memon, who is in Latvia for his accreditation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia strongly condemns the elections of legislative institutions which the Russian Federation organised in Sevastopol and the so-called “Republic of Crimea”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia strongly condemns the act of terror committed by the jihadist group, ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) - a brutal murder of a British aid worker, David Haines, kidnapped by the ISIL in Syria in 2013.
The Latvian Foreign Minister and the OECD Secretary-General Discuss Latvia's Progress toward Accession
On 12 September, the Latvia Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, to discuss Latvia's ongoing accession process and the influence of international developments on Latvia’s economic development prospects.
On 12 September, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Alex Petriashvili. Edgars Rinkēvičs noted that Latvia commends Georgia's achievements in the process of integration with NATO and the country's contribution to international operations.
On 11 September, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the annual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Nordic and Baltic (NB8) states in Tallinn, Estonia.