On January 11, the Ambassador of Latvia to the USA and the permanent observer to the Organization of American States (OAS) Mr Andris Teikmanis met with the Secretary General of the OAS Mr Luis Almagro at the headquarters of the organization in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Teikmanis informed Secretary General Almagro about Latvia’s cooperation with Latin America, the recent first visit of the Latvian Foreign Minister Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs to the Republic of Paraguy in December and his recent visit to Argentina. The Ambassador also talked about Latvia’s experience with democratic reforms.
Mr Almagro expressed his interest in Latvia’s experience and ways that Latvia can provide assistance – in areas such as democratic elections, strategic communication, cybersecurity, support for independent media, e-governance and other digital solutions.
The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization with its first conference taking place from October 1889 to April, 1890. The OAS was founded in 1948 and its charter went into force in 1951. The OAS has 35 member countries, 69 permanent observers, including Latvia. The European Union is also a permanent observer. The main pillars of the OAS are democracy, human rights, security and development.