Latvia marks 100 years of international recognition

January 26, 2021 is exactly one hundred years since the Latvian state, proclaimed on November 18, 1918, achieved significant international recognition.

A series of events are taking place to mark the de jure recognition, with the flags of Belgium, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom - countries that formed the 'Entente' at the time and recognized Latvia - flying in the square outside Riga Castle.

At 14:00, President of Latvia Egils Levits and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, who will join the event from Paris, will open a special online celebration hosted by Riga Castle.

The event program includes video greetings from the five Entente countries with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga and Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo all participating, followed by a speech by Latvian UN Youth Delegate, Natālija Knipše, and a musical performance by pianist Vestards Šimkus.

A livestream in Latvian and English will be available here on LSM.lv.

President of Latvia Egils Levits has also invited all Christian churches of Latvia to join the celebration and ring their bells on 26 January, at 6:00 PM.

More information is available at www.president.lv.

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