With a series of events on 26-27 January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will commemorate the day of the international recognition of the Republic of Latvia, thus accentuating diplomats' contribution and the importance of the de iure status for the establishment and development of statehood of Latvia.
On 26 January at 4.30 p.m., the Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins will open an official event during which 54 persons are to be awarded the certificates of appreciation by the Foreign Ministry and the Cabinet of Ministers for significant contribution to the strengthening of the Republic of Latvia. During the event, an exhibition entitled "Diplomat and Statesman Karlis Zarins – 130" will be launched in remembrance of one of the most distinguished Latvian diplomats who dedicated 44 years of his life to foreign service. Many documents, photographs, decorations as well as objects from personal archives of Anna Marija Zarina, Karlis Zarins daughter, are being exhibited publicly for the first time. The exhibition will be open until 26 February 2010 in the entrance hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Visits should be arranged in advance with the MFA Public Relations Division by telephone 67016447.
The events to mark the Diplomats Day will also take place on Wednesday 27 January. At 10.30 a.m. in Meza Kapi cemetery, a brief memorial ceremony will be held and flowers laid on the gravesites of Janis Cakste and Zigfrids Anna Meierovics. At 2 p.m., Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins will deliver a lecture entitled "Latvia's national and Europe's common policy" at the 68th Research Conference of the University of Latvia.
For the attention of the media!
The media wishing to attend the event marking the day of de iure recognition on 26 January at 4.30 p.m., and the opening of the exhibition, are requested to register their participation with the Press Centre of the Foreign Ministry until 26 January 3.30 p.m. by calling 67016272.
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