On 13 December, the Ambassador of Latvia to the Czech Republic Kaspars Ozoliņš will deliver a guest lecture at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University to mark the 20th anniversary of restoring diplomatic relations and 90 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and the Czech Republic. The lecture will deal with the period of the restored statehood of Latvia, strengthening independence through integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures, bilateral relations with the Czech Republic and the topical subjects in politics and economy.
On 9September 20 years ago the Republic of Latvia and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic signed a Joint Declaration on restoring diplomatic relations, by which Czechia recognised the restored independence of the Republic of Latvia (on 9 September Czechia and Slovakia was still one state, which split up on 1 January 1993). The Declaration was signed in 1991 in Tallinn by First Deputy Foreign Minister Mārtiņš Virsis for Latvia and Foreign Minister Jiři Dienstbier for Czechia.
January 5, 2012 marks 90 years since Latvia and Czechia (then – Czechoslovakia) officially established diplomatic relations. Following the 22 September 1921 Resolution of the League of Nations, by which Latvia was accepted into the League, Czechoslovakia officially recognised Latvia as a sovereign and independent state on 5 January 1922.