Congratulations poured in from many well-known figures and institutions August 23 as the Baltic states celebrated 30 years since the historic events of the Baltic Way.
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš played host to Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, and Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania on 23 August.
Foreign ministers from five European Union member states whose countries were once carved up as a result of the notorious Molotov-Ribbentrop pact (also known sometimes as the Hitler-Stalin pact) released a joint statement August 23 reminding the world of the effects of that infamous agreement.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sent a message of congratulation to the people of the Baltic states 30 years on from the Baltic Way.
Latvia's diplomatic service is flagging up a series of events around the world in coming weeks "to continue highlighting and spotlighting the role of the Baltic Way in the history of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as a step toward their reincorporation in the heart of Europe, the anniversary of the freedom campaign will also be marked in many places around the globe."
A prominent Indian politician was in Latvia August 20, paying a visit as the most senior official from the world's second most populous countries to come to Rīga.
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched its latest grant project competition this time with the catchy title: Support for Development Cooperation and Development (Global) Education Projects Funded by the European Commission and Other International Aid Donors in the Recipient Countries Defined by the Republic of Latvia and in the Republic of Latvia.
Latvia's Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, was engaged in a social media clash August 7 with the Russian embassy in Latvia.
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 5 released a statement defending the right of democratically-minded Russians to stage peaceful protests and sharply criticizing the heavy-handed response of the authorities in Moscow to such protests.
The next US ambassador to Latvia, John Leslie Carwile, plans to address “difficult and complicated issues” such as corruption, money laundering, and the restitution of Jewish communal property. During a hearing at the US Senate, he prioritized security cooperation, mentioning in particular the security of the information space, reported Rus.LSM.lv.
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs prompts other ministries and state institutions to prepare for the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, reported LSM.lv on July 31.
The Latvian president and government wish to resolve the maritime border treaty with Lithuania in the near future, said Latvia's President Egils Levits during a press conference on July 23.
Iranian authorities have forbidden communication with a Latvian national, who has been detained during the seizure of a British oil tanker Stena Impero on Friday July 19, according to Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on July 19 signed decrees transforming and re-organizing several of the country's diplomatic missions and one consulate into embassies.
The European Union's negotiator during the so-called 'Brexit' negotiations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, was in Rīga July 18 to update Latvian officials on the current state of the seemingly interminable process.
A series of projects in the countries included in the European Union's Eastern Partnership initiative plus other countries in central Asia, have been granted financial support from Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed July 17.
Latvia's Foreign Ministry on July 17 joined the chorus of international voices calling for Russia to release full details of the events that led to the shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on July 15 talked up the results of his visit to the United States last week.
A couple of leading Latvian figures spoke at international events July 10 and 11, and you can hear what they had to say in the videos below.
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said July 11 it had summoned a Russian diplomat to express disapproval of recent comments he made.
Latvia's Prime Minister voiced support July 2 for the appointment of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the new President of the European Commission.
30 June 2019 saw the conclusion of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), an organisation for regional cooperation.
The new head of the Latvian Institute, a government agency designed to publicize the country overseas, will be career diplomat Vita Timermane-Moora, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced June 27.
In protest against the restoration of voting rights to the Russian delegation, the delegations of the Baltic states and four other countries cut short their participation in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and returned home to consult on further actions with their governments and parliaments, the LETA newswire reported June 26.
On 18 June the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, using the occasion to express support for further EU enlargement.
In recent years US diplomatic missions around the world would hoist a rainbow flag alongside the US flag as a gesture of solidarity during the annual “LGBT Pride Month”.
On 14 June 2019 in New York, at the plenary session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Latvia was elected as member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the term of 2020–2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported June 14.
The three foreign ministers of the Baltic states on June 14 issued a joint statement expressing their concern about the situation in Moldova, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The statement reads as follows:
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis said June 6 that the little-known "Three Seas Initiative" is a worthwhile one. The three seas in question are the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Black.
A meeting of Foreign Ministers and other representatives of the countries around the Baltic Sea littoral met in Jūrmala, Latvia June 3 for the concluding meeting of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) before it is passed on to Denmark on the 1st of July.