Diplomacy
Book marks 30 years of renewed Latvian-German diplomatic relations
November 25 sees the publication of a new book marking 30 years of renewed diplomatic relations between Latvia and Germany. Published by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Representation in Latvia with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Riga, it carries the straightforward title: “2021. Thirty years since the renewal of Latvia's and Germany's diplomatic relations”.
Latvia calls for expanded sanctions on Lukashenko regime in Belarus
On 18 October 2021, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, at which EU Foreign Ministers discussed the state of affairs in the Gulf countries, the Eastern Partnership, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Nicaragua.
Four development projects win co-financing grants
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced October 5 it will be giving co-financing grants to four projects under the competition “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”.
Rīga Conference coming in October
It's just a few weeks until the annual Rīga Conference geopolitical talking shop takes place and organizers are reminding interested parties of the fact.
Baltic, Polish Foreign and Defense Ministers in Rīga
Monday, September 13 sees the Ministers of Defense and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Lithuania and Poland visiting Rīga together, for meetings hosted by their Latvian counterparts.
Baltic, Polish Foreign and Defense Ministers to meet in Rīga
On 13 September 2021, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of Defense of the Baltic States and Poland will gather for a joint meeting in Rīga to discuss current security policy matters and regional challenges, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.
First resident ambassador to Australia collects credentials
On 6 September 2021, in an official ceremony in Riga Castle, the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, presented credentials to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Commonwealth of Australia, Marģers Krams.
Two more Afghan citizens evacuated to Latvia
Two more citizens of Afghanistan and their families who had cooperated with the European Union's mission have been evacuated from the country and transported to Latvia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said on Twitter August 25.
Two Afghan nationals evacuated to Latvia
On Sunday evening, two Afghan citizens who had cooperated with the European Union's mission in Kabul, as well as their families, arrived in Latvia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television August 24.
Ambassador pledges support for Tsikhanouskaya's Belarus
On 9 August 2021 in Vilnius, the Ambassador of Latvia to Belarus, Einars Semanis, met with the leader of the Belarusian democratic movement, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.
Latvia supports people of Belarus: Foreign Ministry
August 9, 2021, marks one year since the fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus, followed by ongoing protests by the Belarusian society. Latvian Foreign Ministry has expressed support for the people of Belarus in the release reproduced verbatim below.
Baltic states and others condemn Nord Stream 2 pipeline
The Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Latvia, Estonia Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States have underlined in a joint statement that the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will undermine the European gas market, endanger security, and threaten the already precarious sovereignty of Ukraine.
Foreign Ministry names development grant project winners
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced which applications which were submitted for the grant competition entitled “Support for Development Cooperation Projects in designated recipient countries” will receive funding.
Diplomatic relations established between Latvia and Guinea-Bissau
On 14 July 2021 in New York, a joint communication was signed on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, further narrowing the list of countries with which Latvia does not enjoy diplomatic relations.
Book by and about Latvian diplomats published in English
An English edition has just been published of a book with the less-than-catchy but nevertheless interesting title: "A century of Latvian diplomacy: The first hundred years of Latvia's diplomacy and its foreign service as reflected in essays by diplomats".
Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Latvia
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi, will visit Latvia on Friday, July 2, marking one hundred years since Japan recognised Latvia de jure.

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