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30 Oct 2014

Parliamentary Secretary Viktors Makarovs on a Working Visit to Israel

From 27 to 28 October, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia, Viktors Makarovs, was on a working visit to Israel. During his visit, Viktors Makarovs met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Tzachi Hanegbi; Chairman of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, the Head of the Israel-Latvia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Yoel Razvozov; Vice Mayor of the city of Ashdod, Boris Giterman; and the President of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel, Eli Valk. Parliamentary Secretary Makarov also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum.

30 Oct 2014

Latvia’s Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership Visits Japan

On 29 October, while on a working visit to Japan, Latvia’s Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership, Juris Poikāns, arrived in Kinki (Kansai) region, where in Osaka and Kyoto met with representatives from academic circles and the members of the Latvia-Kansai Association.

29 Oct 2014

A Large Business Delegation from Turkey Visits Latvia

On 29 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the Latvia-Alanya business forum jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA).

29 Oct 2014

North Korea’s Ambassador Accredited to Latvia

On 27 October, the Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs and Acting State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Inga Skujiņa, met with the Ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to Latvia, H.E. Kang Yong-dok, who is in Latvia for his accreditation. The Ambassador is visiting Latvia from 27 to 29 October.

28 Oct 2014

In Astana, Political Consultations are Held between Kazakhstan and Latvia

On 27 and 28 October in Astana, Kazakhstan, political consultations took place between Latvia and Kazakhstan. The consultations were co-chaired by the Political Director of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Eduards Stiprais, and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Alexey Volkov.

28 Oct 2014

In Tashkent, the Latvian MFA State Secretary Meets the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan

From 28 to 29 October, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs is on a visit to Uzbekistan to take part in an international conference in the city of Urgench entitled: "Development of Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin to Mitigate the Environmental Catastrophe".

28 Oct 2014

The Baltic States and Poland Call for the Development of Best Practices for Military Traffic by Sea and Air

On 27 October, during the thematic debate on regional disarmament of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the United Nations General Assembly, the Ambassador of Latvia, Jānis Mažeiks, delivered a joint statement by the Baltic States and Poland. The statement calls on the countries in the region to draw on best practices such that route plans for air and maritime traffic could be shared in advance when military activity is taking place in the immediate vicinity of another country’s territorial waters or in the international airspace in close proximity to the borders of other countries.

28 Oct 2014

The OECD Considers a Report on Latvia’s Compliance with the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises

On 23 October in Paris, the meeting of the Working Party on State Ownership and Privatisation Practices of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) considered a report on Latvia’s compliance with the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SEOs).

28 Oct 2014

Latvia, as a Transit and Logistics Hub in the Baltic Region, Expresses Interest in Expanding Trade with Brazil

On 27 October, the Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Acting State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Inga Skujiņa, met with the Ambassador of Brazil to Latvia, H.E. Marcos Pinta Gama, during his accreditation visit.

27 Oct 2014

Latvia Congratulates Ukraine on Successful Parliamentary Elections

Latvia congratulates Ukraine on having held successful early Parliamentary elections on 26 October, which, despite difficult conditions in regions of eastern Ukraine and the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, were generally in line with internationally accepted election standards. In its preliminary assessment, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) notes that these elections marked an important step in Ukraine's aspirations to consolidate democratic elections in line with its international commitments.

27 Oct 2014

Latvia’s EU Presidency Priorities and Eastern Partnership Discussed in Japan

Between 27 and 31 October, Latvia’s Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership, Juris Poikāns, is on a working visit to Japan. As part of his visit, Ambassador Poikāns met with the Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Akira Muto, to discuss the priorities of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and opportunities for cooperation with Japan.

24 Oct 2014

Declaration Signed on Cooperation in Communications During the Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 24 October, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, signed a Declaration with the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia on cooperation in the communication of the European Union matters during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

24 Oct 2014

The Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Israel Hold Political Consultations

On 23 October, the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Israel convened for political consultations in Riga. The delegation of Israel met with the State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs, Political Director Eduards Stiprais, the Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate, Einars Semanis, and the Deputy Director of the European Union Coordination Department, Rūta Radiņa.

24 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Encourages Turkey to Proceed with Reforms Related to EU Integration

On 23 October, in the margins of the official visit to Latvia by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Volkan Bozkir. Edgars Rinkēvičs said that Latvia maintains a successful bilateral dialogue with Turkey and supports Turkey’s integration into the European Union. The new European Commission taking office, which actually coincides with the start of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, also signals new opportunities in EU relations with Turkey.

24 Oct 2014

Foreign Ministers of Latvia and Turkey Highlight the Importance of the Eastern Partnership and Closer Relations with countries of Central Asia

On 23 October, Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. At the meeting, Foreign Ministre Rinkēvičs emphasised that Latvia and Turkey together face certain challenges in regard to foreign policy  and pointed out that international organisations should seek more effective involvement in the solution of international crises. 

24 Oct 2014

In the latest issue of “Business Riga”: Latvian Diplomats Highlight Foreign Policy Issues

The State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, invites  readers of the latest issue of the “Riga Business” magazine to look at the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union not only from the political, but also an economic perspective. The European Union has 28 member states and encompasses a population of 500 million people. In the first half of 2015, Latvia will be for a while at the helm of the world’s largest economy.

22 Oct 2014

The Latvian Foreign Ministry Welcomes Approval of the New European Commission by the European Parliament

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the approval of the new European Commission by the European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday, 22 October.

22 Oct 2014

A Meeting of State Secretaries Baltic and Nordic Foreign Ministries in Tallinn: Much Has been Accomplished through Regional Cooperation

On 20 and 21 October, in Tallinn, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, took part in the annual meeting of the eight Baltic and Nordic countries (NB8).

22 Oct 2014

Latvia Elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the First Time

On 21 October, the United Nations General Assembly, with 175 votes, elected Latvia to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (the Council) for a period of three years starting in 2015. This is the first time that Latvia has been elected to the Council, which is the most important UN body in the field of human rights.

21 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs : “A Common Understanding Should be Reached on Strengthening of a Common Energy Market”

On 21 October, the EU General Affairs Council convened for a meeting in Luxembourg. The central item on its agenda was preparation for the European Council meeting on 23-24 October. The Ministers also had a thematic debate on “Europe of Freedom, Security and Justice”, one of the priorities of the EU's strategic agenda.

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