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24 Apr 2014

Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and Foreign Minister of Canada John Baird to discuss situation in Ukraine

On 25 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs will meet with the Foreign Minister of Canada John Russell Baird, who is on a visit in Latvia from 25 to 27 April. The visit takes place at the initiative of the Canadian side as part of a broader-scale regional visit.

24 Apr 2014

Latvian consular officers’ training to be held in Riga

From 29 to 30 April in Riga, the consular officers of Latvia will gather for their annual consular training session to be held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

24 Apr 2014

Latvia and Wallonia sign working programme

On 23 April, Director of the European Department of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia Ilze Rūse and Administrator General of the joint foreign service of the Wallonia Region and the Belgian French Community Philippe Suinen signed the working programme of Latvia and Wallonia-Brussels for 2014-2016.

24 Apr 2014

Latvia working actively in United Nations

On 23 April Latvia was re-elected to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the term of 2015-2018 and elected to the Executive Committee of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The elections took place during the ECOSOC coordination and management meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York.

24 Apr 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs in Teheran: successful outcome of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme will open cooperation opportunities

From 22 to 24 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs was in the Islamic Republic of Iran on an official visit and met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani, as well as Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior Advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader.

23 Apr 2014

Ambassador of Latvia accredited in Kyrgyzstan

In an official ceremony in Bishkek on 23 April, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the Kyrgyz Republic Juris Maklakovs presented his credentials of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev.

23 Apr 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to visit Iran

From 22 to 24 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs will be on a visit to Iran. This is the first ever visit by a high-ranking Latvian to that country. Meetings have been scheduled with the following officials: Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif; Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani; Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior Advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader; and Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi, Minister of Transportation.

22 Apr 2014

Latvia welcomes U.S. announcement on sending U.S. troop units to military exercise in Baltics and Poland

Latvia welcomes the decision by the United States to deploy a troops unit in Latvia as part of military exercises. This U.S. step is a fast and practical response, resulting from the decision of the North Atlantic Council on 16 April to enhance collective defence across the NATO territory, the Baltic states in particular.

22 Apr 2014

Under-Secretary of State Pēteris Vaivars meets new Ambassador of Malta to Latvia

On 22 April, the Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Pēteris Vaivars met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Latvia, Prof. Charles L. Mifsud.

22 Apr 2014

Foreign Ministry officials meet with US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

On 22 April, the Head of the Security Policy and International Organisations Directorate of Latvian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Baiba Braže, the Foreign Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Viktors Makarovs and State Secretary’s Advisor Jānis Kažociņš met with a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann, to discuss Latvia’s relations with the U.S., cooperation within NATO, and the situation in the context of Ukrainian events.

22 Apr 2014

Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of State Pēteris Vaivars receives accreditation visit from new Apostolic Nuncio

On 22 April, the Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry Pēteris Vaivars met with the Apostolic Nuncio to the Baltic states, Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, as part of the latter’s accreditation visits.

18 Apr 2014

Latvia continues providing assistance to those injured in Ukrainian protests

On 17 April, already the third Ukrainian who had been treated in Riga for injuries sustained in protests returned to his home country. Meanwhile, two more injured Ukrainians are arriving to receive medical treatment in Latvia.

16 Apr 2014

State Secretary Pildegovičs makes working visit to Odessa

On 16 April, State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovičs together with the Ambassador of Latvia to Ukraine Dr. Argita Daudze visited the city of Odessa in southern Ukraine.

16 Apr 2014

Latvia welcomes NATO decision on concrete measures to strengthen security of the Alliance

At the meeting on 16 April, the North Atlantic Council approved the proposals which  NATO's military authorities had prepared as tasked by NATO foreign ministers at their meeting of 1-2 April, to strengthen the Allied ability to respond to the crisis in Ukraine.

16 Apr 2014

Latvia conveys condolences to the Republic of Korea over ferry disaster

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to the Republic of Korea over the ferry disaster that claimed human lives and left hundreds of people missing.

16 Apr 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs in Finland calls for strengthening practical Baltic-Nordic cooperation

On 15 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs was on a working visit to Finland where he met with the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Foreign Minister of Affairs Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Parliament, Timo Soini.

16 Apr 2014

Latvian Ambassador Edgars Skuja accredited in Slovakia

On 14 April in Bratislava, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Austria Edgars Skuja presented his letters of credence to the President of Slovakia Ivan Gašparovič.

15 Apr 2014

In a meeting with US senators, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs to discuss closer cooperation of transatlantic partners

On 15 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs will meet with the US Republican Senators John McCain, John Barrasso and John Hoeven to discuss closer cooperation between transatlantic partners in providing assistance to Ukraine.

15 Apr 2014

MFA State Secretary Pildegovičs to make working visit to Ukraine

On 15 and 16 April, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Pildegovičs will make a working visit to Ukraine – Kyiv and Odessa.

15 Apr 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs calls for concerted and strong EU action in support of Ukraine

On 14 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. The focus of the meeting was on the situation in Ukraine and EU’s further action in relations with Russia.

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