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Latvia pledges "unwavering support" to democracy in Belarus
On 13 November 2020, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and effective president-elect of the country, who was also taking part in the annual security and foreign policy forum the Rīga Conference 2020.
Latvia to preview its UN Security Council aspirations
On 23 October 2020, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, and continuing with the public debate on Latvia’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, a presentation and a discussion will be held on a study by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, titled “Latvia’s interests and opportunities in becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council” (UNSC).
France, Latvia, Lithuania make joint declaration on 'protection of democracies'
France, Latvia and Lithuania have released the text of a joint declaration on the importance of protecting democracy. It is reprduced below in full and is signed by French President Emmanuel Macron, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš -- not President Egils Levits, who welcomes Macron to Rīga later on Tuesday. 
Latvia sanctions 101 more Belarus officials
Based on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, as well as in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Lithuania, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on September 25 announced the imposition of an indefinite entry ban on 101 Belarusian officials.
Lexicographer wins annual Balts' Award
On 22 September 2020 in Riga, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, presented diplomat and linguist, Alberts Sarkanis, with the annual Balts’ Award bestowed by the two countries for outstanding achievements in research and fostering the Balts’ heritage.
Lukashenko sacks Belarusian ambassador to Latvia
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed an order on Wednesday for the dismissal of the Belarusian ambassador to Latvia, Vasily Markovich  (Маркович Василий Михайлович), Latvian Television reported September 16.
President of France to visit Latvia
On September 29 and 30 this year, French President Emanuel Macron will visit Latvia, said the press service of the President of Latvia September 16.
Constitutional Court needs update, experts say
Saeima adopted amendments to the law last week with regard to strengthening independence of the judges of the Constitutional Court. Experts say, though, that there is more room for improvement, Latvian Radio reported September 8.
Nordics and Baltics call for release of political prisoners in Belarus
The delegations of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden (NB8) on September 4 submitted a joint statement to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (EPPA) on the situation in Belarus after the presidential election, offering strong support to democratic forces and calling for action from the Council of Europe.

"We call on the governments of the member states of the Council of Europe to support democratic reforms and democratic institutions in Belarus aimed at strengthening them, as well as supporting civil society, including the independent media. We also call on the Council of Europe to use its knowledge and experience to fully support Belarus in its efforts to achieve multi-opinion democracy and implement the necessary constitutional reforms in cooperation with other international partners,” said Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, Head of the Latvian Delegation to the EPPA.  

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