The 96th anniversary of the de iure recognition of the Republic of Latvia will be celebrated on 26 January. To commemorate the occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organised and supported several events.
Speaking to those gathered at a festive event in the Foreign Ministry on 25 January, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs thanked diplomats and cooperation partners for their contribution, The past year for Latvia was rich in events – we have joined the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Warsaw Summit took place, Riga hosted the heads of government of the CEEC and China (16+1). Latvia’s economic capacity was also actively strengthened. These are our main accomplishments, said the Minister and added that the day-to-day diplomacy is no less important – conducting negotiations, promoting Latvia’s interests and increasing the positive visibility of our country.
The Minister emphasised the special significance of a recently published richly illustrated collection entitled “Latvia at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. Minutes of the Delegation Sessions”. The Republic of Latvia was proclaimed in 1919, in 1919 and 1920, we fought for our independence, and in 1921, Latvia was recognised de iure on an international scale, Edgars Rinkēvičs noted. Daily efforts resulting in an important achievement are also vitally important today, said the Foreign Minister.
As has been the custom on this occasion, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs presented employees of the Foreign Ministry and other institutions with certificates of recognition and merit for successful cooperation and contributions to the strengthening the Republic of Latvia. Edgars Rinkēvičs also presented a certificate of recognition to Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, for her significant contribution to ensuring successful accession of Latvia to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The reception was attended by ministers, members of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited in Latvia, foreign honorary consuls, former Latvian ambassadors and retired MFA staff, and partners in cooperation.
To mark the anniversary of the international recognition of the Republic of Latvia, the Minister also welcomed non-resident Ambassadors to Latvia for their annual meeting to share views on foreign policy issues.
In an annual memorial ceremony on 27 January, flowers will also be laid at the graves of Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, Jānis Čakste and former officials of the Foreign Ministry – Imants Daudišs, Pēteris Vasariņš, Dace Krievāne, Jānis Lovniks, Maija Āboltiņa and Hardijs Baumanis – in the Forest Cemetery (Meža Kapi).
Latvia’s recognition de iure meant that the country became a subject of international law – Latvia could proceed with acceding to international conventions, signing multilateral agreements, and participating in international conferences as a full-fledged member, as well as organizing and participating in official consultations.
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