Ukraine removes Latvia from tax haven watch list
Diplomatic efforts appeared to pay off January 31 with Ukraine responding to Latvian demands and removing Latvia from a list of potential tax havens that threatened to complicate trade between the two countries, according to reports in Ukrainian media.
Japan's Abe in historic visit to Latvia
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the first-ever visit of a sitting Japanese PM to Latvia January 13, a little over a month after his Latvian counterpart Maris Kučinskis made history in the other direction when he visited Tokyo. 
Baltic-Nordic parliamentary speakers in China
Chairwoman of the Saeima (Parliament of Latvia) Ināra Mūrniece together with some of her counterparts from the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States is on a visit to the People’s Republic of China, where they will meet with the President of China, and discuss possibilities for cooperation with the communist superpower. The visit will last from January 7 until January 12.
Blacklisted Russian journalists sent home
Latvian authorities have returned two Russian journalists to their homeland after they were found in Latvia despite being on an entry blacklist for past propagandistic activities.
Latvia abstains in United Nations Jerusalem vote
Latvia on December 21 chose not to express an opinion regarding United States President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a vote at the United Nations in New York.
Latvia approves eighth observer for Ukraine mission
On 19 December, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved the secondment of a Latvian civilian expert, Sandis Kalējs, as a monitor to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. 
Latvia celebrates centenary of Finland
Latvian officials and members of the public were joining in a chorus of ''Paljon onnea, Suomi!'' December 6 to celebrate the centenary of the founding of an independent Finnish state.
Cabinet approves sending civilian experts to Ukraine

On 28 November, Latvia's Cabinet of Ministers adopted two draft decisions on approving the posting of two Latvian civilian experts to international missions in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

Official talks up cyber-defense ability

The Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, took part in the annual Security Policy Summit organised by Friends of Europe, a Brussels-based think-tank November 28, and used the opportunity to talk up Latvia's ability to defend itself against Russian "hybrid threats and cyber attacks". 

Pope Francis due to visit in 2018

The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, will likely visit Latvia next year as a part of a tour of all three Baltic states, the Latvian President's bureau confirmed November 22.

Ireland and Latvia talk Brexit

The foreign ministers of Ireland and Latvia met in Dublin November 15 to coordinate their joint position within the European Union on Britain's plan to quit the union and go it alone.  

Russian Foreign Ministry official visits Riga

On 14 November in Riga, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia, Vladimir Titov, who is in Latvia to take part in the regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Latvia and Macedonia compare notes

Macedonia's foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov met his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga November 2 to talk over a range of topics.

OECD membership gives a rosy glow one year on

After one year of membership of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which Latvia worked hard to join, there is a definite sense of quiet satisfaction in the corridors of power about the decision to join.

Cabinet approves enlarged Ukraine observer mission

On 17 October, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers made a decision on the appointment of two Latvian civilian experts to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.

Latvia to play nuclear role in 2018

With a good deal of the world's attention focused on the nuclear stand-off between North Korea and the United States, Latvia is set to play a supporting role next year when it takes over the chairmanship of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, an international organization that aims to regulate the import and export of nuclear materials around the globe to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation.