On 28 and 29 August, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Milan, Italy. During the meeting, ministers discussed possibilities for further enhancement of the functioning of the EU.
Latvia condemns the invasion of Ukrainian territory by armed forces of the Russian Federation.
EU Statement on the Violation of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine
OSCE Special Permanent Council Nr 1014
On 27 August, the “Central Family Court” of the United Kingdom held a hearing in the case of the adoption of the daughter of a Latvian citizen, Laila Brice. The Ambassador of Latvia to the UK, Andris Teikmanis attended the hearing as an observer. The Embassy is satisfied with the court’s decision to refer the case to Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, which has the competence, inter alia, to refer the case to a Latvian court.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Take Part in the Informal Meeting of the European Union General Affairs Council in Milan
On 28 and 29 August, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Milan, Italy. The ministers intend to discuss the functioning of the EU, the ways to increase the effectiveness of the work by the EU Council’s configurations, and the implementation of EU strategic priorities.
On 28 and 29 August, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will take part in an Informal Meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers (Gymnich), held as part of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Transporatation services for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be provided by BMW Group and Inchape BM Auto. Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs announced this at the press conference on Wednesday, 27 August, naming the the first official partner of the Latvian Presidency.
On 25 August, during his official visit to the Republic of Albania, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, and Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati.
On 26 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will go on an official visit to the Republic of Albania.
On 25 August, during his official visit to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Gjorge Ivanov, the President of Macedonia, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Signs a Cooperation Agreement with the NGO, LAPAS, on Implementing the European Year 2015
On 25 August, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, and Inese Vaivare, Director of an association called “Latvia’s Platform for Development Cooperation” (Latvijas platforma attīstības sadarbībai - LAPAS) signed a cooperation agreement on organization of events next year in the context of “The European Year for Development”.
On 25 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will travel to Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) on an official visit.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry does not Recognize the so-called “Early Presidential Election” Just Staged in Abkhazia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia deems illegitimate the so-called “early presidential elections” held in the Abkhazia region of Georgia on 24 August since they were not conducted in a recognised legal or constitutional framework. In this regard, Latvia again states its staunch support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Latvian Foreign Ministry is of the opinion that holding sham elections cannot open the opportunity for conflict resolution.
Invitation to a Press Conference on Cooperation with Private Enterprises During Latvia’s EU Presidency
On 27 August at 4 pm, media representatives are invited to a press conference at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on cooperation with businesses in the context of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the press conference, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will provide information on the opportunities available for businesses to offer their goods and services during the Presidency, thus increasing visibility and promoting competitiveness. Edgars Rinkēvičs will also inform the audience about what has already been done to attract sponsors.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia expresses its deepest condolences to the families and relatives of those who died or were injured in landslides caused by torrential rains in Japan.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry Strongly Condemns Russia Sending a Humanitarian Aid Convoy from Russia into Ukrainian Territory without Ukraine’s Approval
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia strongly condemns Russia's movement of a humanitarian aid convoy from Russia into the territory of Ukraine without performance of inspections, without permission granted by the Ukrainian authorities and without supervision of the International Red Cross.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia Pledges Active Support for the Protection of Crimean Tatar Rights at International Organisations
On 22 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Crimean Tatar leaders Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev. During the meeting, the Crimean Tatar leaders informed the Foreign Minister about the developments in Crimea and Ukraine.
On 22 August, the incoming Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Latvia, Tõnis Nirk, met with Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on a courtesy call.
Pēteris Kārlis Elferts is Latvia’s new Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora. Till now, Mr Elferts was Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament, Solvita Āboltiņa, and, before that, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to Ireland.
The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Approves a Report on Latvia’s Accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
On 19 August, the Cabinet of Ministers considered the report with information on the course and status of implementation of OECD policy guidelines from July 2013 to June 2014 and the process of Latvia’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Eduards Stiprais, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Political Director, Meets a Delegation from USTRANSCOM
On 18 August, the Foreign Ministry Political Director met with a delegation from the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) led by General Paul J. Selva. During the meeting, the U.S. side expressed appreciation for the ongoing close cooperation with Latvia that has been facilitating the transit of supplies to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and also for the reverse transit from the country as the ISAF mission draws to a close at the end of the year.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in Brussels: Creating a 'Frozen Conflict' in Ukraine Cannot be Permitted
At the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 15 August, Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed serious concern and condemnation over new reports on military equipment and units being brought from Russia into the territory of Ukraine.
On 15 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The meeting has been convened due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Iraq, and the ministers will discuss the European Union’s further engagement in the Iraqi crisis issue.
Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia’s Foreign Minister, strongly condemns threats against the Baltic States by the Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky aired recently on the Russian TV channel, Rossiya 24. The Latvian Foreign Minister expects Russian officials to distance themselves from the remarks and confirm the inviolability of the borders of the Baltic States.
Foreign Minister Invites Latvian Honorary Consuls and Diplomats to Support the University of Latvia Business Ideas Fund
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs has called on the honorary consuls and diplomats of Latvia to support the University of Latvia (UL) Business Ideas Fund. This call was a response to discussions at the Meeting of Honorary Consuls of Latvia in Riga from 6 July to 8 July. The Business Ideas Fund is the first grant fund in the Baltics targeting students and providing young entrepreneurs with financial support for the development of their business.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has completed the main preparations so that the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way could also be celebrated abroad. Events held by the diplomatic missions of Latvia will remind people in Europe and elsewhere in the world about the unique campaign in the history of the Baltic states’ non-violent struggle for freedom and independence.
On Monday, August 18, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Angela Merkel will arrive to Latvia to meet Prime Minister Dr. Laimdota Straujuma
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs offers his deepest condolences to the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, over the air crash that occurred in Teheran.
Foreign Ministry Staff at a Mobile Passport Workstation in Australia and New Zealand to Receive Passport and IDs Applications from Latvian Nationals
From 10 August to 20 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs and with support from Latvian honorary consuls will sent two concurrent missions of mobile passport workstations to Australia and New Zealand so that Latvian nationals residing there could apply for passports/IDs. As early as since April 2014 in cooperation with Latvian honorary consuls in Australia and New Zealand, Latvian nationals could apply for being issued personal identity documents during a field session.
The annual recruitment examination for the UN Young professionals programme 2014 will be held in Riga, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 4 December. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites young people 32 years of age of younger to make use of the opportunity and take the examination. Successful candidates can apply for UN vacancies for the entry-level professional positions and gain valuable international experience.