President Raimonds Vējonis presents credentials to Andris Teikmanis, Latvia’s Ambassador-Designate to the United States of America

22.07.2016. 17:09

During an official ceremony at the House of the Blackheads on 22 July, the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, presented credentials to Andris Teikmanis, Latvia’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America.

Andris Teikmanis began his work at the Latvian Foreign Ministry in 1994, becoming Latvia’s Ambassador-at-Large to the Council of Europe. During his career in the foreign service, Andris Teikmanis has  been Latvia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation. Since 2013, he has been Ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as non-resident Ambassador to Commonwealth of Australia and to New Zealand.

From 2002 to 2005, Andris Teikmanis was Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Ministry and from 2008 to 2013, he was State Secretary.

From 1990 to 1993, Andris Teikmanis was a member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia and, on 4 May 1990, he signed the Declaration on Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia.

Andris Teikmanis is a Commander of the Three Star Order and has earned a number of awards and decorations for his personal contributions in promotion of diplomatic relations including the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Latvia.

Since 2012, Andris Razāns has been Latvia’s Ambassador to the United States, and he now will be taking on new duties as Ambassador-at-Large at the Latvian Foreign Ministry.

The United States of America is an important strategic partner and Ally. Up till the time of the renewal of Latvia’s independence in 1991, with determination and resolve, the United States applied a policy of non-recognition of the occupation of Latvia while at the same time making inestimable contributions to the actual return of freedom and independence, and then promoting Latvia’s integration with NATO and the European Union. Security policy is a key area of bilateral relations between Latvia and the U.S. and government officials from Latvia and the United States engage in a regular dialogue on regional developments and foreign policy.

 


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