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27 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Take Part in the Informal Meeting of the European Union General Affairs Council in Milan

On 28 and 29 August, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Milan, Italy. The ministers intend to discuss the functioning of the EU, the ways to increase the effectiveness of the work by the EU Council’s configurations, and the implementation of EU strategic priorities.

27 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Attend ‘Gymnich’ Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers

On 28 and 29 August, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will take part in an Informal Meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers (Gymnich), held as part of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

26 Aug 2014

On a Trip to Tirana, Latvia and Albania Share Views on Wales Summit Objectives

On 25 August, during his official visit to the Republic of Albania, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, and Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati.

26 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Visit Albania

On 26 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will go on an official visit to the Republic of Albania.

25 Aug 2014

On a visit to Skopje, the Latvian Foreign Minister Supports Macedonia’s Euroatlantic Aspirations

On 25 August, during his official visit to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Gjorge Ivanov, the President of Macedonia, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki.

25 Aug 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Signs a Cooperation Agreement with the NGO, LAPAS, on Implementing the European Year 2015

On 25 August, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, and Inese Vaivare, Director of an association called “Latvia’s Platform for Development Cooperation” (Latvijas platforma attīstības sadarbībai - LAPAS) signed a cooperation agreement on organization of events next year in the context of “The European Year for Development”.

25 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Make a Visit to Macedonia

On 25 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will travel to Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) on an official visit.

25 Aug 2014

The Latvian Foreign Ministry does not Recognize the so-called “Early Presidential Election” Just Staged in Abkhazia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia deems illegitimate the so-called “early presidential elections” held in the Abkhazia region of Georgia on 24 August since they were not conducted in a recognised legal or constitutional framework. In this regard, Latvia again states its staunch support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Latvian Foreign Ministry is of the opinion that holding sham elections cannot open the opportunity for conflict resolution.

25 Aug 2014

Invitation to a Press Conference on Cooperation with Private Enterprises During Latvia’s EU Presidency

On 27 August at 4 pm, media representatives are invited to a press conference at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on cooperation with businesses in the context of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the press conference, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will provide information on the opportunities available for businesses to offer their goods and services during the Presidency, thus increasing visibility and promoting competitiveness. Edgars Rinkēvičs will also inform the audience about what has already been done to attract sponsors.

23 Aug 2014

The Foreign Ministry Conveys Condolences to Japan Over Landslides Caused by Recent Torrential Rains

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia expresses its deepest condolences to the families and relatives of those who died or were injured in landslides caused by torrential rains in Japan.

22 Aug 2014

The Latvian Foreign Ministry Strongly Condemns Russia Sending a Humanitarian Aid Convoy from Russia into Ukrainian Territory without Ukraine’s Approval

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia strongly condemns Russia's movement of a humanitarian aid convoy from Russia into the territory of Ukraine without performance of inspections, without permission granted by the Ukrainian authorities and without supervision of the International Red Cross.

22 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia Pledges Active Support for the Protection of Crimean Tatar Rights at International Organisations

On 22 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Crimean Tatar leaders Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev. During the meeting, the Crimean Tatar leaders informed the Foreign Minister about the developments in Crimea and Ukraine.

22 Aug 2014

The Foreign Minister Congratulates the New Estonian Ambassador

On 22 August, the incoming Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Latvia, Tõnis Nirk, met with Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on a courtesy call.

19 Aug 2014

Pēteris Kārlis Elferts has been appointed as Latvia’s New Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora

Pēteris Kārlis Elferts is Latvia’s new Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora. Till now, Mr Elferts was Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament, Solvita Āboltiņa, and, before that, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to Ireland.

19 Aug 2014

The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Approves a Report on Latvia’s Accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

On 19 August, the Cabinet of Ministers considered the report with information on the course and status of implementation of OECD policy guidelines from July 2013 to June 2014 and the process of Latvia’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

19 Aug 2014

Members of Latvian Youth Guard (Jaunsardze) on an Exchange Visit with the Army Cadet Force in the UK

From 13 August to 24 August, ten members of the Latvian “Youth Guard” (Jaunsardze) are taking part in an exchange visit to South East London Army Cadet Force in the United Kingdom. This valuable initiative is being implemented for the first time; it represents a new form of cooperation between Latvia and the UK with the aim of providing an opportunity for young people from Latvia to train together with the Army cadets for a week.

18 Aug 2014

Eduards Stiprais, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Political Director, Meets a Delegation from USTRANSCOM

On 18 August, the Foreign Ministry Political Director met with a delegation from the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) led by General Paul J. Selva. During the meeting, the U.S. side expressed appreciation for the ongoing close cooperation with Latvia that has been facilitating the transit of supplies to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and also for the reverse transit from the country as the ISAF mission draws to a close at the end of the year.

15 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in Brussels: Creating a 'Frozen Conflict' in Ukraine Cannot be Permitted

At the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 15 August, Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed serious concern and condemnation over new reports on military equipment and units being brought from Russia into the territory of Ukraine.

14 Aug 2014

An Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council Meeting to be Held on 15 August

On 15 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The meeting has been convened due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Iraq, and the ministers will discuss the European Union’s further engagement in the Iraqi crisis issue.

13 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Strongly Condemns Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s Remarks

Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia’s Foreign Minister, strongly condemns threats against the Baltic States by the Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky aired recently on the Russian TV channel, Rossiya 24. The Latvian Foreign Minister expects Russian officials to distance themselves from the remarks and confirm the inviolability of the borders of the Baltic States.

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