OSCE High Comissioner pays visit to Latvia

On March 21, Latvian Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš met with the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Kairat Abdrakhmanov, who arrived in Latvia on a working visit.

"The Foreign Minister appreciated the current constructive cooperation on the part of the OSCE High Commissioner and he thanked the Commissioner for his interest in getting acquainted with Latvia’s progress in the field of social integration. The officials discussed Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the impact of related disinformation on the security situation in the region and Latvia," according to an account of their meeting from the Foreign Ministry.

"Krišjānis Kariņš called on the OSCE Commissioner to take up the opportunities offered by his mandate in order to address the risks posed by Russian disinformation. The Foreign Minister emphasized that in the current geopolitical situation it was more important than ever for Latvia to strengthen its national security, create a single information space, strengthen the role of the official language and the resilience of society, and promote integration and sense of belonging to Latvia," added the statement without quoting either man directly.

The OSCE Commissioner, a former Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan who has held his OSCE position since 2020, reportedly commended the dialogue with Latvian institutions and the non-governmental sector and thanked Latvia for support provided to the Ukrainian refugees.

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