August 8, 2012
Welcome to the Embassy of Latvia in the United States! As Ambassador of Latvia I would like to stress that it is a great honour and privilege to serve for ever closer relations between my country, the Republic of Latvia, and the United States of America.
This year we mark 90 years of unbroken diplomatic ties between our two countries. Our Embassy was a visible member of Washington`s diplomatic community even during the long period of the Cold War. This was possible due to the policy of the United States that did not recognize the occupation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union. To commemorate this policy, a street in Riga, the capital of Latvia, was renamed after the honourable Sumner Welles, the US diplomat who put this policy together.
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States became a safe haven and home for thousands of Latvian refugees who otherwise would face the tragic experience of Soviet gulags. In many ways we can attribute the regaining of our once lost independence to this group of Latvians. The United States served as a beacon of a never-ending hope for freedom and independence.
Today both countries can be proud of the dynamism and the character of their relations - close allies and partners in a complex and demanding international environment, as well as strong supporters of the transatlantic relationship with broad and vibrant bilateral ties. And furthermore, thousands of person-to-person contacts and exchanges. Those are the characteristics of our relations. The Embassy is strongly motivated to strengthen them. But this we can only do if we work together.
Once more, welcome to the Embassy of Latvia! Our Embassy staff will be happy to address any questions or inquiries you might have.
Ambassador Andris Razans presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama on July 30, 2012. His CV is available here.