On 21 July in Sarajevo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia, Alberts Sarkanis, presented his credentials to the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović.
On 23 July and 23 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the meetings of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Makes the Decision to Include Some Russian Citizens on the List of Persons Not Allowed to Travel to Latvia
Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, has made the decision to include, for an indefinite period of time, the Russian performing artists, Oleg Gazmanov, Josif Kobzon, and Alla Perfilova on the list of persons banned from entering Latvia.
On 21 July, at the initiative of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Latvia, Alexander Veshnyakov, was summoned to a meeting at the Foreign Ministry to talk about a Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Congratulates Georgia on the Ratification of the EU Association Agreement
On 18 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs was on a working visit in Georgia. The Minister met with the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili; the Speaker of the Parliament, David Usupashvili; Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maia Panjikidze; and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili.
Latvia expresses its deepest condolences over the crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Latvian government leaders offer their heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who perished.
On 17 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, visited Dnipropetrovsk as part of a working visit to Ukraine. The Ministers met with the Deputy Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Boris Filatov; the Chairman of the Regional Rada (Council), Yevhen Udod; and the Mayor of the City of Dnipropetrovsk, Ivan Kulichenko.
From 17 July to 19 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia is on a working visit in Georgia. During his stay, the minister is to meet with Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili; the Speaker of the Parliament, David Usupashvili; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maia Panjikidze; and the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Aleksi Petriashvili.
Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia will Continue Supporting Ukraine During its Presidency of Council of the EU
On 16 July in Kyiv, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson met with representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine including a monitor from Latvia Didzis Nīmants.
On 17 July, a draft Action Plan on Cooperation with the Latvian Diaspora for 2015-2017 was announced at the weekly Cabinet of Minister’s meeting of State Secretaries. This policy planning document drafted under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines, for the first time in Latvia’s history, a comprehensive trans-sectoral policy for cooperation with people originating from Latvia who are currently living abroad.
On 15 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, and the Foreign Minister of Poland, Radosław Sikorski, met with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klymkin.
15 July in New York City, Inese Freimane-Deksne, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations, briefed UN member nations and representatives of NGOs on Latvia’s priorities.
The State Chancellery, in cooperation with the National Museum of History of Latvia and the State Archives of Latvia, has launched an initiative aimed at involving people of Latvia in finding historical evidence about the Fatherland Award.
From 14 July to 16 July, the Political Director of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Eduards Stiprais, is visiting Armenia. Eduards Stiprais is meeting with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Shavarsh Kocharyan; Deputy Foreign Minister, Garen Nazarian; the Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, Artak Zakaryan; and the Chair of the National Assembly Standing Committee on European Integration, Naira Zohrabyan.
Latvia extends its condolences to Russia and its people over the crash of a Moscow commuter train this morning.
Viktors Makarovs, Parliamentary Secretary, stresses the Role of Human Rights, Gender Equality and Good Governance in Development
From 14th to 15th of July, the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Development Cooperation takes place in Florence, Italy.
Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs meets with Hirofumi Nakasone, Head of the Japan-Latvia Parliamentary Friendship Group
On 14 July, Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Hirofumi Nakasone, a member of the House of Councillors, the Upper House of the National Diet of Japan, and a long-standing Head of Japan-Latvia Parliamentary Friendship Group. Minister Rinkēvičs and Mr. Nakasone discussed promotion of economic cooperation and political dialogue, and they reviewed regional issues.
The Latvian Foreign Minister Expresses His Appreciation to the Spanish Ambassador for actively promoting Spanish Culture in Latvia
On 14 July, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Spain to Latvia, H.E. Maria Consuelo Femenía Guardiola, on her farewell visit. The Minister expressed his personal gratitude to the Ambassador of Spain for her personal contributions in promoting bilateral relations and accentuated in particular her efforts at forging cultural ties between both nations.
Under-Secretary of State Pēteris Vaivars meets H.E. Pablo Sader, the new Ambassador of Uruguay to Latvia
On 14 July, the Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry, Administrative Director Pēteris Vaivars met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uruguay to Latvia, H.E. Mr Pablo Sader, who was in Latvia for his accreditation.
Under-Secretary of State Pēteris Vaivars meets H.E. Agustín Gasca Pliego, the new Ambassador of Mexico to Latvia
On 14 July, the Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry, Administrative Director Pēteris Vaivars met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to Latvia, H.E. Mr Agustín Gasca Pliego, who was in Latvia for his accreditation.
The State Funeral for the former President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on July 13th at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
On a Visit to Georgia, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Says that Latvia is Preparing for Ratification of the EU Association Agreement in the Near Future
On July 11, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took part in the annual international conference “Georgia’s European Way” held in Batumi, Georgia. While speaking on the panel “Towards the Riga Eastern Partnership Summit”, Andrejs Pildegovičs congratulated Georgia on signing its EU Association Agreement and confirmed Latvia’s commitment to finalise the internal procedures for its ratification already in the nearest future.
Discussions Held on the Role and Prospects of Latvian Diaspora Organisations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On the 11th of July, the working group, “Prospects of Diaspora Organisations”, is meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the annual conference “Latvians in the World – Belong to Latvia 2014”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Expresses His Appreciation for the Close Cooperation Between Latvia and Finland
On July 10th, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with Pirkko Mirjami Hämäläinen, Ambassador of Finland to Latvia on her farewell visit. The Minister of Foreign Affairs highly appreciated the active cooperation between Latvia and Finland in all areas, as seen in the frequent high-level contacts and exchanges of visits.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Expresses Concern About the Escalation of the Situation Between Israel and Gaza
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia expresses its concerns about the escalation of the situation between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Citizens of the State of Israel Bearing the Travel Document in Lieu of Passport Can Enter Latvia Without a Visa
As of July 10, 2014, citizens of the State of Israel, who are bearers of the “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport” will no longer need a Schengen visa for entering the Republic of Latvia.
The President Presents Letters of Credence to Rolands Lappuķe upon his Appointment to Become Latvia’s New Ambassador to the Council of Europe
On July 9th, in an official ceremony at his residence, Andris Bērziņš, the President of Latvia presented letters of credence to Ambassador Rolands Lappuķe who will become Latvia’s next Permanent Representive to the Council of Europe.
Parliamentary Secretary Viktors Makarovs Takes Part in a High-level International Meeting to Garner Support for Ukraine
On July 8th, Viktors Makarovs, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in a high-level conference in Brussels. The meeting brought together international organisations including the Council of Europe, the OSCE, UNDP, and OECD along with various financial institutions, representatives of the European Union and Ukraine.
Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Foreign Minister, and Michael Roth, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Agree on the Importance of Maintaining Continuity in European Union Foreign Policy
On July 8th, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Attention was given to Latvia’s upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015.
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the venue for an international conference “Upgrading the German-Nordic-Baltic Partnership in the EU: Common Values, Mutual Interests and New Challenges” on July 7-8. Participants came to Latvia from Germany, the Nordic countries and the Baltic states.