First visit to Latvia by Egyptian foreign minister
On 17 October 2019, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, who was in Latvia on an official visit: the first visit to Latvia by an Egyptian Foreign Minister.
Thumbs up from government for regional reform plan
The Cabinet of Ministers on October 16 approved the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry's proposal to create 39 municipalities in Latvia instead of the 119 existing ones as part of the planned administrative-territorial reform.
Fireworks? No thanks, says Latvia to Russia
Latvia on October 11 followed the lead of Lithuania and Estonia in noting the inappropriate nature of a "celebration" planned in Moscow this weekend, describing it instead as an "unfriendly action."
Ždanoka aligns with Brexit party on Russian disinformation
Latvian Member of the European Parliament Tatjana Ždanoka (Latvian Russian Union party) - widely regarded as a strongly pro-Kremlin voice in the European Parliament - voted alongside Nigel Farage and his anti-EU Brexit party October 10 against a motion that was heavily critical of Russian election interference.
Latvia and Sweden talk Brexit and climate change in Rīga
On 9 October 2019 in Riga, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde, during which the Ministers discussed bilateral relations, current issues for the European Union (EU), international relations and cooperation in international organisations, the ministry reported.
Latvia willing to help freed Ukrainian captives
On 7 October 2019, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, during his official visit in Ukraine, had meetings with the Speaker of Parliament, Dmytro Razumkov, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vadym Prystaiko, using the occasion to "express Latvia’s readiness to provide rehabilitation services for Ukrainians released from detention in Russia on 7 September 2019," according to a statement from the ministry.
Latvia could back another Brexit extension
Latvia is minded to back a new Brexit postponement in order to prevent the UK's disorderly withdrawal from the European Union (EU), Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity arty) told the LETA newswire through his spokesman Martins Dregeris October 6. 
Ušakovs and Rubiks removed from board of Harmony
Former Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs, now a European Parliament member and chairman of Harmony, and veteran politician Alfrēds Rubiks have been removed from the board of Harmony, according to an announcement published in the official gazette Latvijas Vestnesis. 
Latvia to increase number of experts on EU Ukraine mission
On 1 October 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia approved the posting of the civilian expert, Dace Meilija, to the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine as of 7 October this year, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Latvia plans to open embassy in Australia next year
Opening an embassy in Australia, which has a sizable Latvian diaspora of post-WWII refugees and their relatives, is among the named budget priorities for 2020. Together with Brazil, Australia is the second country that the Foreign Ministry named as an important location for opening an embassy. 
Latvia to skip plenary meetings of PACE in solidarity with Ukraine
Latvia will be the only Council of Europe member not to participate in the plenary meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's (PACE) autumn session in solidarity with Ukraine, but the Latvian delegates will continue participation in PACE political groups and committees, Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (New Unity), head of the Latvian delegation to the PACE, told the press.
All aboard for an ambassadorial awayday!
On 24 September 2019, resident and non-resident ambassadors accredited to Latvia will swap their familiar metropolitan surroundings for the undiscovered beauties of Latgale on their annual regional trip.
Central bank head's term of office to be shortened
The term of office of the Governor of the Bank of Latvia is to be reduced from the previous six years to five years. The relevant amendments to the Law on the Bank of Latvia were adopted by the Saeima in its second reading on Thursday, September 19. 
Government approves continuing territorial reform
Despite objections from several municipalities, the government, after discussions that lasted for several hours on September 17, supported the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry's proposal to reduce the number of the regions in Latvia from 119 to 36, and gave the ministry the go-ahead to continue the administrative territorial reform.