This is a historic occasion in bilateral relations between Latvia and Australia, according to the Foreign Ministry. This year marks the 101st anniversary since Australia recognized Latvia’s independence de jure and 31 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations.
Latvia and Australia are like-minded countries united by a common understanding of democracy, human rights, and the rules-based international order, which is of special importance in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region alike. The strengthening of cooperation between like-minded countries has never been as important before as it is now, Edgars Rinkēvičs was quoted saying at the opening of the Embassy.
The Minister thanked Australia for welcoming the Latvian refugees during World War II. The Latvians living in Australia have organized themselves into several dozen associations. The substantial Latvian diaspora has brought Latvia and Australia closer together and has also played an important role in setting up an embassy in Canberra.