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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?

19 Nov 2014

The Latvian and Estonian Foreign Ministers Concur on the Need to Put the Wales Summit Decisions into Practice

On 19 November, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the new Estonian Foreign Minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, during her first foreign visit. During the meeting, Edgars Rinkēvičs congratulated her on becoming Estonia’s Foreign Minister, conveyed his greetings on the 96th anniversary of the establishment of the Foreign Ministry of Estonia (commemorated on 19 November).

19 Nov 2014

Min. Rinkēvičs to Meet the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

On 20 November, the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, meets with Victoria Nuland, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European an Eurasian Affairs.

19 Nov 2014

State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs Visits a Refugee Camp in Jordan

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.

19 Nov 2014

Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Visiting Latvia

On 19 and 20 November, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Philip Hammond, will make a visit to Latvia. Discussions during the meeting with the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will address Latvia's priorities for its Presidency of the Council of the EU, including the EU Eastern Partnership and the European Union's future development.

19 Nov 2014

Estonian Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus Coming to Latvia on her First Trip Abroad

On 19 November, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will meet with the new Estonian Foreign Minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, during her first foreign visit. Their meeting will address the current issues of bilateral relations and economic cooperation between the two countries, as well as preparations for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, including the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga.

19 Nov 2014

Latvia Condemns the Attack on a Synagogue in Jerusalem and Expresses Condolences to the Victims’ Families

On 18 November, during morning prayers, a terrorist attack was made on a synagogue in the southwestern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Nof. Five persons were murdered and several others were injured. Latvia expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and condemns any violence in Israel and the West Bank.

19 Nov 2014

Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica Takes Part in the General Affairs Council

On 18 November, the General Affairs Council discussed the agenda of the upcoming European Council of 18-19 December focusing on the European Commission's initiative to mobilise 300 billion euros of investment. The Member State delegations shared their perspectives on the Commission’s Annual Work Programme for 2015, and discussed multiannual programming and outlined their views on inter-institutional cooperation. The Latvian delegation at the General Affairs Council was headed by the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Secretary, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, who will be responsible for questions related to cooperation with the European Parliament during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


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