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19 Aug 2014

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.

18 Aug 2014

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.

15 Aug 2014

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.

14 Aug 2014

An Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council Meeting to be Held on 15 August

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.

13 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Strongly Condemns Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s Remarks

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.

12 Aug 2014

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.

11 Aug 2014

The 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Way to be Commemorated Abroad

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.

11 Aug 2014

German Chancellor will pay a visit to Latvia (State Chancery)

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

10 Aug 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Offers Condolences to Iran Over Air Crash

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.

08 Aug 2014

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.

08 Aug 2014

Foreign Ministry Invites to Apply for UN Young Professionals Programme Recruitment Exam

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.

07 Aug 2014

Foreign Ministry Allocates Funds towards Latvian Language Classes for Ethnic Latvian Children in Tullow, Ireland

To ensure preservation of Latvian language and culture among the Latvian diaspora in the Irish town of Tullow, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia has granted 3000 euros from its “Diaspora Support Programme” budget to the Latvian Embassy in Ireland.

07 Aug 2014

Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs Meets British Ambassador to Latvia

On 7 August, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Latvia, Sarah Cowley.

06 Aug 2014

Foreign Ministry State Secretary and U.S. Congressman Accentuate the Importance of Strengthening Regional Security

On 5 August, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrejs Pildegovičs met with U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes. During their meeting, they discussed bilateral cooperation, developments in Ukraine, and the prospects of signing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the EU and the U.S.

06 Aug 2014

Latvia Offers Condolences to China over a Devastating Earthquake

Latvia expresses deepest condolences over the devastating earthquake in Yunnan Province in China. The highest ranking officials of the state convey their heartfelt sympathy to the families and relatives of those who died and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

05 Aug 2014

The Cabinet of Ministers approves change of competent authority following reallocation of functions between the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Cabinet of Ministers on its meeting on 5 August has approved amendments to legislation related to the representation of Latvia’s interests at the World Trade Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in view of the transfer of tasks in the foreign economic policy sector from the Ministry of Economics to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

05 Aug 2014

Latvia to Provide Assistance to Civilians in Gaza Strip

In view of the growing tension in Gaza Strip, Latvia will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza Strip by making a payment of EUR 50 000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

01 Aug 2014

For the first time in history Baltic Way in Dublin on 23rd August 2014

Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian communities in Ireland are inviting You together with Family and Friends to form a Human Chain in Dublin which is organized with the support of Latvian and Lithuanian Embassy`s on 23 August 2014, Dublin, Temple Bar - "Baltic Way 2014 - The Freedom Way".

01 Aug 2014

The European Union Imposes Additional Restrictive Measures on Russia

In view of Russian Federation actions which continue to destabilise in Ukraine, the EU has agreed on a number of additional restrictive measures against Russia. A decision has been made to limit access to EU capital markets for Russian state-owned credit institutions, development finance institutions and their branches, namely, the buying or selling of bonds, capital or financial instruments, and brokering services.

31 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Meets Hungarian Ambassador on a Farewell Visit

On 31 July, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Hungary to Latvia, H.E. Gábor Dobokay, on his farewell visit. The Minister expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for his personal contribution to strengthening bilateral relations between Latvia and Hungary. Both diplomats appreciated the cooperation of both countries at the bilateral level, in the European Union, international organisations and regional formats – Baltic-Visegrad, and Baltic-Nordic-Visegrad groups of countries.

30 Jul 2014

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Pays Farewell Visit to Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs

On 30 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Jan Grevstad, on a farewell visit. The Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for his work towards promoting political and economic relations between both countries.

28 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Says Farewell to Canadian Ambassador John Morrison

On 28 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador of Canada to Latvia, John Morrison, on a farewell visit concluding his tenure in Latvia.

25 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Conveys Condolences to the Relatives of Those Who Died in the Air Crash

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs conveys his deepest condolences to friends and families of the victims of the Air Algerie jetliner crash in northern Mali.

25 Jul 2014

Work Completed on Publication of Terra Mariana. 1186-1888 Historical Album and Academic Commentary

On 24 July, the Foreign Ministry hosted an event to mark the completion of the work of producing a facsimile edition of a historic album Terra Mariana. 1186-1888 and commentaries upon it. The process has taken more than a decade.

25 Jul 2014

European Court of Human Rights Delivers a Judgement in the Case of Čalovskis v. Latvia

On 24 July, the European Court of Human Rights (Court) delivered its Chamber judgment in the case of Čalovskis v. Latvia.

25 Jul 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs Says Farewell to US Ambassador Mark Pekala

On 24 July, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the United States Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala, on a farewell visit.

24 Jul 2014

Latvian Ambassador to Andorra Presents Letters of Credence to the Second Co-Prince of Andorra

On 23 July, the Ambassador of Latvia to Andorra Jānis Eichmanis presented the letters of credence to the Co-Prince of Andorra, the President of France, François Hollande.

24 Jul 2014

Minister Rinkēvičs Meets with Dr. Gerd Müller, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

On 24 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, and the members of Bundestag from the Christian Social Union (CSU) who were in Latvia on a three day working visit.

24 Jul 2014

A Gathering at the Foreign Ministry Celebrates Completion of a Facsimile Edition of Terra Mariana. 1186-1888

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes media to attend an event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meierovics Room, on 24 July at 15.00 to mark the completion of the work on a facsimile edition an album, Terra Mariana. 1186-1888.

23 Jul 2014

At EU - ASEAN Meeting, Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Urges Stopping the Violence in the Middle East

On 23 July, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the 20th EU- ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, which addressed cooperation between the EU and ASEAN countries in political, economic and security affairs, the environment, and over current developments in the region. Special attention was focused on the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane and the escalating situation in Ukraine and Gaza.

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