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25 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Conveys Condolences to the Relatives of Those Who Died in the Air Crash

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs conveys his deepest condolences to friends and families of the victims of the Air Algerie jetliner crash in northern Mali.

25 Jul 2014

Work Completed on Publication of Terra Mariana. 1186-1888 Historical Album and Academic Commentary

On 24 July, the Foreign Ministry hosted an event to mark the completion of the work of producing a facsimile edition of a historic album Terra Mariana. 1186-1888 and commentaries upon it. The process has taken more than a decade.

25 Jul 2014

European Court of Human Rights Delivers a Judgement in the Case of Čalovskis v. Latvia

On 24 July, the European Court of Human Rights (Court) delivered its Chamber judgment in the case of Čalovskis v. Latvia.

25 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Says Farewell to US Ambassador Mark Pekala

On 24 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the United States Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala, on a farewell visit.

24 Jul 2014

Minister Rinkēvičs Meets with Dr. Gerd Müller, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

On 24 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, and the members of Bundestag from the Christian Social Union (CSU) who were in Latvia on a three day working visit.

24 Jul 2014

A Gathering at the Foreign Ministry Celebrates Completion of a Facsimile Edition of Terra Mariana. 1186-1888

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes media to attend an event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meierovics Room, on 24 July at 15.00 to mark the completion of the work on a facsimile edition an album, Terra Mariana. 1186-1888.

23 Jul 2014

At EU - ASEAN Meeting, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Urges Stopping the Violence in the Middle East

On 23 July, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the 20th EU- ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, which addressed cooperation between the EU and ASEAN countries in political, economic and security affairs, the environment, and over current developments in the region. Special attention was focused on the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane and the escalating situation in Ukraine and Gaza.

23 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Congratulates Lithuania on the Decision in Favour of Eurozone Membership

On 23 July, the European Union’s General Affairs Council made a final decision allowing Lithuania to adopt the euro on 1 January 2015. The decision is based on the Convergence Report from 2014 issued by the European Commission on the fulfilment of the Maastricht criteria and endorsed by the EU heads of government at the European Council of 27 June.

23 Jul 2014

Online Condolence Site Opened to Commemorate Victims of Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia would like to share information it has received from the Embassy of the Netherlands about the opening of an official online condolence site at condolences.eu. We invite all residents of Latvia who wish to convey condolences over the tragedy to express their thoughts and feelings in commemoration of those who perished this July 17th on the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.

23 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Takes Part in Foreign Affairs Council Meeting

On 22 July, Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Foreign Minister, took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

22 Jul 2014

Alberts Sarkanis Accredited as Latvia’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 21 July in Sarajevo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia, Alberts Sarkanis, presented his credentials to the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović.

21 Jul 2014

Meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council to Take Place in Brussels

On 23 July and 23 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meetings of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council.

21 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Makes the Decision to Include Some Russian Citizens on the List of Persons Not Allowed to Travel to Latvia

Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, has made the decision to include, for an indefinite period of time, the Russian performing artists, Oleg Gazmanov, Josif Kobzon, and Alla Perfilova on the list of persons banned from entering Latvia.

21 Jul 2014

Foreign Ministry State Secretary Meets with the Ambassador of Russia to Latvia

On 21 July, at the initiative of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Latvia, Alexander Veshnyakov, was summoned to a meeting at the Foreign Ministry to talk about a Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July.

19 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Congratulates Georgia on the Ratification of the EU Association Agreement

On 18 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs was on a working visit in Georgia. The Minister met with the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili; the Speaker of the Parliament, David Usupashvili; Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maia Panjikidze; and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili.

18 Jul 2014

Latvia Offers Deepest Condolences on Malaysia Airline Disaster over Ukraine

Latvia expresses its deepest condolences over the crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Latvian government leaders offer their heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who perished.

17 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Pledges Latvia’s Staunch Support in Dnipropetrovsk

On 17 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, visited Dnipropetrovsk as part of a working visit to Ukraine. The Ministers met with the Deputy Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Boris Filatov; the Chairman of the Regional Rada (Council), Yevhen Udod; and the Mayor of the City of Dnipropetrovsk, Ivan Kulichenko.

17 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Visits Georgia

From 17 July to 19 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia is on a working visit in Georgia. During his stay, the minister is to meet with Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili; the Speaker of the Parliament, David Usupashvili; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maia Panjikidze; and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Aleksi Petriashvili.

17 Jul 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia will Continue Supporting Ukraine During its Presidency of Council of the EU

On 16 July in Kyiv, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson met with representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine including a monitor from Latvia Didzis Nīmants.

17 Jul 2014

Latvia’s First Diaspora Policy Document Drafted

On 17 July, a draft Action Plan on Cooperation with the Latvian Diaspora for 2015-2017 was announced at the weekly Cabinet of Minister’s meeting of State Secretaries. This policy planning document drafted under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines, for the first time in Latvia’s history, a comprehensive trans-sectoral policy for cooperation with people originating from Latvia who are currently living abroad.

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