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.
On 3 June 2019, during the concluding high-level meeting of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in Jūrmala, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Alexander Pankin.
On 30 May 2019 in Riga, the Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Ilgvars Kļava, held political consultations with the Director of the Second European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Belyayev, according to a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 23 May 2019, Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, to discuss Latvia’s cooperation with the OECD.
On 21 May 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the annual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States and Germany in Hamburg, Germany, according to a release from his ministry.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in a meeting of foreign ministers from the European Union (EU) and the Eastern Partnership (EP) countries in Brussels May 13, using the occasion to say that the EP initiative should remain one of the EU’s foreign policy priorities.
Latvia has officially announced it wants to host a key new EU institution, the European Labour Authority (ELA).
On 2 May 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the launch of a grant project competition "Support for development cooperation in recipient countries selected by the Republic of Latvia".
From 23 to 24 April 2019, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will visit Italy on an official visit, along with First Lady of Latvia Iveta Vējone.
Riga's Dom Cathedral joined other churches around Europe April 16 in ringing its bells to express solidarity with the people of Paris after a catastrophic fire caused extensive damage to the famous cathedral of Notre Dame in the French capital.
On 11 and 12 April 2019, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs is representing Latvia at the 8th summit of Heads of State and Government of Central and Eastern Europe and China (the so-called 16+1 format) in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
On 1 April 2019 in Palanga, Lithuania, Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the 7th meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States and Nordic countries (NB8) and the Visegrád Group countries (V4).
The Saeima in the final reading on March 21 adopted a bill on the rights of British citizens after the UK leaves the EU.
Officials in Latvia were among world leaders offering condolences and support to New Zealand March 15 in the wake of mass shootings in New Zealand which have claimed at least 49 lives.
On 11 March 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a public seminar for lawyers and supervisory authorities titled “Sanctions in Latvia: Application and Compliance,” the ministry said in a release.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has presented European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis with the Ukrainian Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise for his contribution in strengthening relations between Ukraine and the European Union and supporting Ukrainian sovereignty, LETA was informed by Dombrovskis' adviser Maija Celmiņa.
On 27 February Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of State for European Affairs of Ireland, Helen McEntee, who was in Riga on a visit, the Foreign Ministry said.
On 19 February 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels, at which Member State representatives discussed progress in negotiations on the EU budget for 2021–2027.
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš makes his first foreign trip February 8, a short hop north to visit his Estonian counterpart, Jüri Ratas in Tallinn.
Latvia backs Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president, Latvia's Foreign Ministry said in a press announcement February 4.
New Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš had his first joint meeting with his counterparts from fellow Baltic states Estonia and Lithuania February 4 - or rather he would have done had not the weather intervened.
In a joint move, the chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have nominated the journalism collective Bellingcat for a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism 2019 for its investigative reporting.
The Latvian Institute for International Affairs (LIIA) recently launched its 2019 Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook, in cooperation with the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
The annual foreign policy debate is taking place at the Latvian Saeima on January 24.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels January 21, at which EU Foreign Ministers discussed the fight against disinformation.
On 18 January 2019, the Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Secretary, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, presented the draft Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2019 to the Consultative Board for Development Cooperation Policy.