On 23-24 January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised several events to commemorate the 94th anniversary (26 January) of the de iure recognition of the Republic of Latvia, otherwise known as “Diplomats Day”.
On 23 January, speaking to those gathered at a Foreign Ministry reception, Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasised that the past year had been a real challenge for Latvian diplomats. Due to the complex situation internationally, Latvia faces new concerns as the state presiding over the Council of the EU. The Minister expressed conviction that Latvia's diplomats will manage their tasks successfully. Those present also received congratulations from Ināra Mūrniece, the Speaker of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), who said that Latvia has much to be proud of and has made a good start in its Presidency of the Council of the European Union
The reception was attended by ministers, members of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), the foreign diplomatic corps, honorary consuls, Latvian diplomats that have retired, and partners in cooperation. As has been the custom on this occasion, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs presented employees of the Foreign Ministry and other institutions with certificates of recognition for successful cooperation and contributions to the strengthening the Republic of Latvia.
To commemorate the anniversary of international recognition of the Republic of Latvia, the Foreign Minister also met with foreign Ambassadors accredited to Latvia and residing abroad.
On 24 January at 12.00 noon, flowers were laid at the graves of Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, Jānis Čakste and former Latvian diplomats – Imants Daudišs, Pēteris Vasariņš, Dace Krievāne and Maija Āboltiņa in the Forest Cemetery (Meža Kapi).
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