Ambassadors in the limelight

Two of Latvia's highest-profile diplomats have taken their profiles even higher in recent days.

Andris Teikmanis, Latvia's man in the United States, has had his colorful biography, which includes police work, taking an important stand for democracy as a judge and dodging Bolshevik fruit juice, outlined on the AllGov website.

Prior to his appointment in Washington, Teikmanis was ambassador to the Court of St James' in London, and his successor there, Baiba Braze, is also featured in a diplomatic fanzine, namely Embassy Magazine.

There she reveals her love of Queen (the band fronted by Freddie Mercury) and myriad other fascinating facts such as "it’s no surprise that the veneer for the 2012 Olympic spectator stands came from Latvia."

"Ironically, the Ambassador points out that Britain was the driving force behind the Single Market and its underpinning four freedoms – goods, capital, services and labour," the magazine says - though it seems unlikely it was Braze herself ironizing so possibly that should have read: "The Ambassador points out that, ironically Britain was the driving force behind the Single Market and its underpinning four freedoms – goods, capital, services and labour." 

"It’s clear that whether in a choir or in diplomacy, Ambassador Braze is good at creating harmony," the profile concludes.

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