On 17 July 2018, the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, presented credentials to the new Permanent Representative of Latvia to the UN (United Nations) in New York, Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovičs.
Andrejs Pildegovičs entered diplomatic and consular service in 1994 as Senior Desk Officer at the CIS Division. He later took the posts of Head of the Middle East and Africa Division, Assistant to the State Secretary, and Press Secretary. From 2000 to 2006, Andrejs Pildegovičs was Advisor on Foreign Affairs to the President and from 2006 to 2007, Chief of Staff at the President’s Chancery.
From 2007 to 2012, Andrejs Pildegovičs was posted as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador to the United Mexican States. In July 2012, he was appointed Under Secretary of State, Political Director. Since May 2013, Andrejs Pildegovičs has been serving as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the post of Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Andrejs Pildegovičs will succeed Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks.
In 1994, Andrejs Pildegovičs graduated from the East Faculty at the Saint Petersburg State University and, from 1990 to 1991, he studied Chinese at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute. In 1995, Andrejs Pildegovičs took a course in Diplomatic Studies at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and from 1998 to 1999, he pursued the Foreign Service Programme at Oxford University. The Ambassador speaks English, Russian, and Chinese.
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