Latvia increases size of OSCE Ukraine observer mission
On 25 September 2018, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved the posting of civilian Oļegs Lagutins to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. As soon as he joins the team, there will be eight Latvian civilian monitors on the OSCE SMM to Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
Pope Francis visits Latvia
Pope Francis on September 24 becomes the latest head of state to visit Latvia during its centenary year.
Pope puts out pre-visit video
Pope Francis has released a video address to the Baltic states via the Vatican's YouTube online channel ahead of his much-discussed visit.
President Vējonis meets President Xi in China
Latvian president Raimonds Vējonis met his Chinese counterpart September 18 in Beijing. From 15 September to 20 September 2018 Vējonis is paying a working visit to the People’s Republic of China with his meeting with Xi Jinping one of the main events.
Presidents assemble
Latvia plays host September 13 and 14 to a collection of European heads of state, meeting under the auspices of the "Arraiolos group" which involves non-executive presidents and includes the presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Estonia, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, and Germany in addition to the host.
Latvian and Estonian governments meet for centenary
The Latvian and Estonian governments on August 21 held a joint meeting at the National Library of Latvia, commemorating the countries' centenary and discussing regional safety, energy, and information exchange, reported LTV.
British minister pays brief visit
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt paid a brief visit to Rīga August 15 as part of a whistlestop charm offensive as the UK braces itself to leave the European Union.
Latvia to continue trade with Iran, says Foreign Ministry
Latvia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that it would follow the EU in not stopping trade with Iran, despite US calls for the contrary. Nevertheless, Latvia's trade with the country is very limited and has kept on falling for the past few years, reported LTV August 12.
Latvia supports Georgia 10 years on
Latvia joined Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and others in expressing support for the territorial integrity of Georgia 10 years after Russia occupied a significant portion of the country.
13 presidents to hold 'informal' September summit in Latvia
What is the collective noun for a large group of presidents? A ruling? A constitution? A gaggle? Whatever, a large group of national heads of state will meet in Latvia in September, the office of the Latvian president announced July 30.
Former politician wins meteoric diplomatic promotion
Former politician and former speaker of the Saeima Solvita Āboltiņa will receive accreditation as Latvia's next ambassador to Italy, according to information by released by the office of the Latvian President July 27.
Latvia fully backs Pompeo on Crimea stance
Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said July 26 it "expresses its strong support" for the Crimea Declaration issued by the United States Secretary of State on 25 July."
Vējonis off to NATO summit with hybrid hope
On Wednesday and Thursday, 11 and 12 July 2018, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will pay a working visit to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in the much-anticipated meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government.
16+1 summit rolls around again
Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis will be in Bulgaria this weekend to attend the latest "16+1" summit of countries in central and eastern Europe plus China, his office confirmed July 5.