U.S. Soldiers and Latvian National Guard to Participate in Community Outreach Project

Riga, February 2, 2017 – On February 3, U.S. Army and Marine soldiers and Latvian National Guard soldiers from the Student Battalion will participate in a community outreach project to assist the Saint Luke Society by moving donated wood working equipment to their new facilities.  The Latvian National Armed Forces will provide a lift vehicle, while soldiers lift the heavy equipment

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, December 23, 2016 – U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Republican Senator John McCain will visit Latvia on December 28-29. The delegation will also include Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar. This visit is part of a larger trip, which will also include stops in Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Montenegro, and Ukraine. While in Latvia, the delegation will

Europe Travel Alert – Reminder

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Saldus

Riga, December 14, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Saldus today. Ambassador Pettit will meet with Mayor Indra Rassa and City Council officials, as well as civil society representatives. Also during her visit, Ambassador Pettit will visit the old Synagogue building and the Museum of History and Art, and will tour the “66°North Baltic” company.

Charge d’Affaires to visit Ludza and Rēzekne

Riga, November 14, 2016 – Charge d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean will make an official visit to Ludza and Rēzekne on November 14-15. In Ludza on Monday, Hudson-Dean will meet with Ludza Mayor Alīna Gendele and present Latvia’s State Border Guards with 90,000 euros worth of equipment during a ceremony at Ludza Aviation Center. Latvian border guards will receive five pairs of

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: November 4-6 Events in Riga

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that between Friday, November 4, and Sunday, November 6, traffic restrictions and sporadic protests are expected throughout Riga related to the China-Eastern European Economic Forum.  The event will take place at the National Library, but traffic and anti-riot police presence are expected throughout the city. The Embassy expects the protests will be non-violent, but

U.S. Ambassador Visits Dobele

Riga, October 5, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Dobele today. Ambassador Pettit will meet with Mayor Andrejs Spridzāns and City Council officials, as well as civil society representatives. Also during her visit, Ambassador Pettit will visit the Dobele boarding school for people with special needs as well as tour Dobeles Dzirnavnieks.

Remarks by Ambassador Pettit at Art in Embassies/PAO Welcome Reception

September 20, 2016 Augsti godātie viesi un draugi, man ir patiess gods būt šovakar šeit – Sveicam! [Distinguished guests and friends, I am truly honored to stand before you tonight – Welcome!] I am thrilled to share with you tonight the official opening of the “Art in Embassies” exhibit at my new residence. For over 50 years the U.S. Department

U.S. Embassy announces FLEX scholarships for secondary school students

Riga, September 22, 2016 – On behalf of American Councils for International Education, U.S. Embassy Riga invites eligible secondary school students to spend an academic year in the United States through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. The application deadline is October 18, 2016. Created in 1992 by the United States Congress, FLEX is an exchange program for secondary school

Remarks by Ambassador Pettit at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Riga Regional District Ambulance Support Station ‘Centrs’ Vehicle Maintenance Garage

Distinguished guests and friends; it is an honor to be here with you today.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak as we celebrate the completed construction of this vehicle maintenance garage for the State Emergency Medical Service’s Riga Regional District Ambulance Support Station “Centrs.” The United States is proud of the fact that we were able to

Worldwide Caution

Europe Middle East and North Africa Africa South Asia Central Asia East Asia and Pacific As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the National Library of Latvia

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release August 24, 2016 National Library of Latvia Riga, Latvia 6:10 P.M. (Local) THE VICE PRESIDENT: That’s a graceful entrance. (Laughter.) I say to — I don’t often get to speak to three Presidents, twice in one day in the same room. I want to thank them for their hospitality.

Joint Declaration on Increased Security and Defense Cooperation between the United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 On the occasion of Vice President Biden’s visit to Latvia, we, the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, reaffirm our strategic alliance. Faced with an unpredictable security environment, we commit to deepening our cooperation and our efforts to ensure security and stability in the

FACT SHEET: The United States and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – NATO Allies and Global Partners

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 Defense and Security Cooperation NATO Allies: As NATO allies, the United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania remain unwavering in their commitment to mutual defense, including building national resilience in line with the pledge made by all allies at the Warsaw Summit. Estonia is one of only

U.S. – Baltic Summit Readout

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 Vice President Biden, Lithuanian President Grybauskaite, and Estonian President Ilves participated in a Baltic Summit hosted by Latvian President Vejonis in Riga today, on the 27th anniversary of the Baltic Way. The Vice President underscored the U.S. commitment to the security of the Baltic States, and

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis of Latvia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 Vice President Biden met today with Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Māris Kučinskis in Riga. The Vice President emphasized the unshakable U.S. commitment to the security of the Baltic states and welcomed the steps Latvia is taking to strengthen its national defense, including by

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2016 The Vice President met with President of the Republic of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in Riga today. The two leaders welcomed the decisions taken at last month’s NATO Summit in Warsaw to strengthen security along the Alliance’s eastern border, and the Vice President emphasized the ironclad U.S.

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Latvia

Riga, August 24, 2016 – U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Representative Chris Gibson visited Latvia on August 24. The delegation also included Representatives Paul Cook, Austin Scott, Dan Lipinski, Rich Nugent, Chris Stewart, and Dan Benishek. The visit is part of a larger trip, which also included stops in Israel and Poland. While in Latvia, the delegation met with the

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, August 15, 2016 – U.S. Congressional Delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations led by Representative Kay Granger will visit Latvia on August 15-16. The delegation will also include Representative Steve Womack. This visit is part of a larger trip, which will also include stops in Germany and Kuwait. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with

Vice President Joe Biden to Travel to Latvia, Turkey and Sweden

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2016 On August 22-25, 2016, the Vice President will travel to Riga, Latvia, Ankara, Turkey and Stockholm, Sweden. While in Riga, the Vice President will participate in a summit with the leaders of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. He will also participate in bilateral meetings with President Raimonds

Release of the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 10, 2016 The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress on August 10, 2016. Now in its 18th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of,

Second shipment of two Sentinel Ground-Based Air Defense radar systems delivered to Latvia

Riga, August 9, 2016 – On Friday, August 5th, the second shipment of two AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Ground-Based Air Defense (GBAD) Radar systems was delivered to Latvia as part of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI). The first two radars and support equipment were delivered in June 2016. The total value of this procurement was over $22M and it included four Sentinel

U.S. Soldiers in August to Participate in Two Military Exercises in Latvia

Riga, August 5, 2016 – U.S. soldiers will take part in two military exercises in August together with the Latvian Home Guard. Joint military exercise Rušonica 2016 will take place in Rēzekne County August 4-7. American soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division from Georgia that are currently deployed to Latvia as part of Atlantic Resolve will train with

U.S. Air Force Secretary Discusses Contributions to NATO Operations and Baltic Air Policing Mission with Defense Ministry Leadership

Riga, July 19, 2016 – The U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Riga Sunday following meetings with Latvian Ministry of Defense officials to discuss Latvia’s role in the Baltic Air Policing mission as well as its contributions to Operation Atlantic Resolve. Following her meetings, Secretary James said, “I had very enlightening conversations with Defense Minister Bergmanis

Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – Providing

Remarks by Ambassador Pettit at USS Mount Whitney Reception

Riga, July 5, 2016 Good afternoon, what a great day to be here in Latvia and to welcome the USS Mount Whitney to Rīga. Generals, Admiral Vizulis, Mayors, distinguished guests, members of the Latvian-American community, thank you for taking the time to attend today’s reception. We are honored by your presence. Captain Sardiello, thank you for your remarks, and to

USS Mount Whitney Visit to Riga

Riga, July 5, 2016 – On Monday July 4, the U.S. Sixth Fleet Flagship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-19) arrived in Rīga, Latvia for a scheduled port visit. The port visit serves to enhance U.S.-Latvian relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Baltic region and Europe.  The ship’s presence in the Baltic Sea is a

Ambassador Pettit’s Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

Riga, June 30, 2016 Ministers, Members of the Saeima, excellencies, distinguished guests, good friends, ladies and gentlemen: Labvakar. Thank you for joining us in celebrating the 240th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. Two and a half centuries ago, our own new, small, country was launched based on the dream of committed individuals. They had a

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Releases 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

Riga, June 30, 2016 – On June 30, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report. This year, Latvia was placed in Tier 2, which is the same ranking as last year. The 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report finds that the Government of Latvia is making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for

Books Are Still Cool

Hello all avid readers. We are back with one book for this Olympic summer!!! What at first seemed like an ideal location, Rio, is now beset with troubles and controversy. We thought an appropriate book would take a look back at another Olympiad beset with controversy; hence, this summer’s book is Nazi Games – The Olympics of 1936. To help

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

Riga, June 27, 2016 – On Thursday, June 30, at 17:30, the U.S. Embassy will celebrate the 240th anniversary of U.S. independence at its annual Independence Day reception. Hosted by U.S. Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit, the event will take place at the Latvian National Library’s atrium (Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka, Mūkusalas street 3, 1st floor) for invited guests. Ambassador Pettit will

2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates from Latvia

Riga, June 22, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Latvia, is pleased to announce that Liepāja electric vehicle entrepreneur Artis Daugins is attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which takes place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. He will participate along with more than 700 entrepreneurs, investors, speakers, and leaders in the entrepreneurship space from around the world along

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Exchange Program Awards

Riga, June 16, 2016 – Today, Nancy Pettit, United States Ambassador to Latvia, will host a reception to honor this year’s exchange program recipients for the Fulbright, Humphrey, and Benjamin Franklin fellowships, as well as the Studies of the United States Institute (SUSI), Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program, Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) Holocaust Teacher Training program and Future

U.S. Embassy Nominates Lāsma Stabiņa as Latvia’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons Hero

Riga, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy has nominated Lāsma Stabiņa as Latvia’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hero for her exceptional commitment to preventing human trafficking. Ms. Stabiņa’s efforts to attract international funding for trafficking prevention activities and her public-private partnership promotion efforts contributed enormously to preventing human trafficking in Latvia. Today, Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit is awarding

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Latgale

Riga, June 6, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will visit Latgale today to participate in U.S.-NATO Dragoon Ride II events with Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Bergmanis and Daugavpils Mayor Jānis Lāčplēsis in Daugavpils. She will also visit Silmala to help launch a renovation project funded by the United States European Command (USEUCOM), in partnership with U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvian

Europe Travel Alert

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Sigulda and Līgatne

Riga, May 23, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will visit Sigulda today to meet with Mayor Uģis Mitrevics and City Council officials, engage with local business representatives, and hold a roundtable with students at youth NGO Mērķis. During her visit, Ambassador Pettit will also tour the Ligatne Nature Reserve (Līgatnes dabas takas).

U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Fulbright Fellowship Program

Riga, May 20, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for academic year 2017-2018. The Embassy encourages all qualified students and scholars to apply. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William

U.S. Embassy to fly Rainbow Flag on May 17-18 for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia

Riga, May 17, 2016 – To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia (IDAHOT), the U.S. Embassy in Riga will fly the rainbow flag at the Embassy building May 17 and 18. Representatives from Mozaika, a prominent local advocacy group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people, will join Ambassador Nancy Pettit at the flag raising ceremony on May

U.S. and Latvian Officials to Commemorate Completion of Construction Project at District Ambulance Support Station in Riga

Riga, May 5, 2016 – On Friday, May 6, U.S. Embassy Riga Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, Ministry of Health Deputy State Secretary Kārlis Ketners and State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) Director Sarmīte Villere will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion an emergency vehicle garage at the District Ambulance Support Station (DASS) ‘Krasts’ in Riga. Valued at nearly

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Russia Kathleen Kavalec to Visit Latvia

Riga, April 25, 2016 – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs Kathleen Kavalec will make an official visit to Riga, April 25-27. DAS Kavalec is responsible for Russia and for Policy and Regional Affairs. During her visit, DAS Kavalec will meet with government officials, cultural figures, and civil society representatives.

U.S. Soldiers to Participate in the Big Cleanup (Liela Talka) at the Līgatne Nature Reserve

Riga, April 22, 2016 – On Saturday April 23, U.S. soldiers from 3-227 Aviation Unit stationed at Lielvārde military base together with Michigan National Guardsmen and Latvian National Guardsmen (Zemessardze) from Cesu Battalion will clean the Ligatne Nature Reserve (Līgatnes dabas takas) as part of the Big Cleanup Day (Liela talka). Media are invited to participate in the Big Cleanup

USS Donald Cook Visit to Rīga

Riga, April 18, 2016 – On Tuesday April 19, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) will arrive in Riga, Latvia for a scheduled port visit. The port visit serves to enhance U.S.-Latvian relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Baltic region and Europe. The ship’s presence in the Baltic Sea

U.S. Special Envoy Nicholas Dean to Visit Latvia

Riga, April 18, 2016 – U.S. Special Envoy Nicholas Dean will make an official visit to Latvia April 18 – 20 to discuss issues related to the Holocaust. He will meet with government officials, members of Parliament, academics, and the Latvian Jewish community. For more information about Special Envoy Dean, please see: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/231276.htm For more information about the Office of

Bluegrass group Stash Wyslouch String Band to perform in Riga, Balvi, and Madona

Riga, April 7, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Liepāja and Saldus, April 7-8. In Liepāja, Ambassador Pettit will meet with the Mayor of Liepāja, Uldis Sesks, and Liepāja City Council officials and will participate in the commemoration ceremony to honor the U.S. airmen lost when their aircraft was shot down by

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Liepāja for Commemoration Ceremony

Riga, April 7, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Liepāja and Saldus, April 7-8. In Liepāja, Ambassador Pettit will meet with the Mayor of Liepāja, Uldis Sesks, and Liepāja City Council officials and will participate in the commemoration ceremony to honor the U.S. airmen lost when their aircraft was shot down by

Worldwide Caution

Europe Middle East and North Africa Africa South Asia Central Asia East Asia and Pacific The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist

U.S. Hip Hop Dance Team to hold dance workshops and concerts in Riga, Daugavpils

Riga, March 15, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Latvia is proud to welcome Soul Street Dance for a five-day visit to Latvia. The Houston-based group is a dynamic premier dance company that has performed both internationally and around the United States. Their technical and artistic skills, stage presence and wit allow them to push the performance envelope to an

U.S. and Latvian Officials to Commemorate Breaking Ground at Riga Regional District Ambulance Support Station “Centrs”

Riga, March 15, 2016 – U.S. Embassy Riga Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, Latvian Minister of Health Guntis Belēvičs and Director of State Emergency Medical Service Sarmīte Villere will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a Civic Engagement Project at Riga Regional District Ambulance Support Station (DASS) “Centrs” on Duntes iela in Riga at 14:00 on March 15th. The U.S European

U.S. Political Scientist and Elections Expert to Visit Latvia to Discuss the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections

Riga, March 8, 2016 – Chair of Youngstown State University’s Politics and International Relations Department, Dr. Paul Sracic, will visit Latvia March 9-12 to discuss the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. Dr. Sracic will give two public lectures in Riga, both of which are open to the public and free of charge: Riga Stradins University (RSU), Dzirciema street 16, March 10,

U.S. Sixth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral James G. Foggo, III, visits Latvia

Riga, February 17, 2016 – The U.S. Sixth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral James G. Foggo, III, will visit Latvia on February 17-18. During the visit VADM Foggo will meet with the Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, and other Latvian Ministry of Defense officials to discuss the annual multinational exercise BALTOPS and regional security issues. While in Latvia, VADM

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Jelgava

Riga, February 5, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Jelgava on February 5 where she will meet with Jelgava Mayor Andris Rāviņš and City Council officials, as well as leading local figures in the fields of education and civic society. Ambassador Pettit will also tour the renewable energy heating plant Fortum. She will visit the

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Bauska

Riga, January 29, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will visit Bauska today to meet with Mayor Raitis Ābelnieks and city officials, tour cultural sites, and inaugurate the new Start Strong Youth Center. Start Strong is a youth career development program that provides students with the necessary skills to compete in Latvia’s competitive job market. During her visit, Ambassador Pettit will

U.S. Ambassador Tours Border Detention Facility

Riga, January 22, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit continued the second day of her official two-day visit to Daugavpils by meeting with border authorities at the Border Guard Detention Facility. Ambassador Pettit also visited the Polish Cultural Center before touring the American Space at the Latgale Central Library.

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Daugavpils

Riga, January 21, 2016 – Ambassador Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Daugavpils January 21-22. Ambassador Petit will meet with Daugavpils Mayor Jānis Lāčplēsis and City Council officials, as well as leading local figures in the fields of education and culture. She will also visit several museums in Daugavpils, as well as the American Space at the Latgale

Two U.S. General Officers to visit Latvia for Barricades Commemoration

Riga, January 20, 2016 – The Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, Major General William Gayler, and the Deputy Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Brigadier General James Mingus, will visit Riga January 20-21. Major General Gayler and Brigadier General Mingus will meet with the Latvian Chief of Defense and Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, participate in the Barricades

Two Latvian Construction Companies Awarded U.S. Funds for Projects at Latvia’s Adazi Military Base and Lielvarde Air Base

Riga, January 12, 2016 – The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded two construction contracts worth 8 million euros to local companies SIA Arčers and SIA Merks to improve facilities at Latvia’s Adaži Military Base and Lielvarde Air Base. These U.S.-funded European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) projects, the first to be awarded in the Baltics, are part of an

Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean at Foreign Policy Event for New MPs

Riga, January 9, 2015 [As prepared for delivery.] It was our great honor and pleasure to have you here today as you begin your tenure as new members of the Saeima and as Latvia formally kicks off its presidency of the Council of the European Union. As Professor Auers expertly explained earlier today, the U.S. foreign policy process is not

General Breedlove to Visit Latvia

Riga, November 25, 2015 – The Commander of NATO’s Supreme Allied Command for Europe and U.S. European Command, General Philip M. Breedlove, will visit Latvia November 25-26, 2015 as part of a regional trip. General Breedlove will be awarded with the Commander of the Grand Cross of the Order of Viesturs by Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis. General Breedlove will also

U.S. Ambassador visits Valmiera and Rāmkalni

Riga, November 24, 2015 – Today, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit is visiting Valmiera and Rāmkalni. In Valmiera, she will meet with Mayor Jānis Baiks and City Council officials, speak at Vidzeme University College, tour the Valmiermuiža brewery, and visit the Valmiera Fiberglass factory. In Rāmkalni, she will tour the Rāmkalni dried fruit factory and recreational park.

Continued Security Awareness

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the U.S. Embassy in Riga reminds U.S. citizens in Latvia to review the Worldwide Caution, which provides information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world, including Europe. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats,

U.S. Special Envoy Nicholas Dean to Visit Latvia

Riga, November 13, 2015 – U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Nicholas Dean will make an official visit to Latvia November 12-13 to discuss the ongoing process of restitution of Holocaust-era Jewish communal and religious properties. He will meet with government officials, members of Parliament, and the Latvian Jewish community. This is Special Envoy’s third visit to Latvia. For more

U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Majumdar to Discuss Energy Efficiency in Latvia

Riga, November 12, 2015 – U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Arun Majumdar will visit Latvia on November 12-13 as part of a regional trip to discuss energy and energy efficiency issues. While in Latvia, Dr. Majumdar will meet local energy experts, as well as officials from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and from the Riga Energy Agency. On

Books Are Still Cool

Hello avid readers. It’s November and once again it’s time to focus on entrepreneurship. During November the U.S. State Department celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week and our Embassy is organizing a host of activities including our monthly book club. This month’s award winning book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey is

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

Riga, November 6, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy will celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and innovation as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2015. Under the theme of “Entrepreneurship: Cultivating the Habits of Success,” the Embassy is organizing a range of events scheduled November 2-20. GEW is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurs and small business owners — the dynamic

U.S. Special Operations Commander General Votel to visit Latvia

Riga, October 23, 2015 – On October 22-23, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Commander General Joseph Votel will visit Latvia to discuss regional security issues and bilateral military cooperation. While in Latvia, General Votel will meet with President Raimonds Vējonis and National Armed Forces commander LTG Raimonds Graube, as well as tour Ādaži Military Base and meet with American soldiers

Calling All Tech Entrepreneurs!

Are you a recent entrepreneur, or looking to take your business beyond Latvia? In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy will hold our second-ever Entrepreneurship Seminar on Wednesday, November 4. We plan to bring together top local and U.S. businesspeople and thinkers on entrepreneurship and innovation for a half-day event for promising Latvian entrepreneurs drawn from local small

Deputy Assistant Trade Representative Christine Sevilla to Visit Latvia

Riga, October 14, 2015 – U.S. Deputy Assistant Trade Representative (DAUSTR) for Small Business Christina Sevilla will visit Riga October 14-17. While in Latvia, DAUSTR Sevilla will meet with representatives from local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and with senior government officials, including from the Saeima and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On October 16, DAUSTR Sevilla will take part

U.S. Embassy announces FLEX scholarships for secondary school students 14-10-2015

Riga, October 14, 2015 – On behalf of American Councils for International Education, U.S. Embassy Riga invites eligible secondary school students to spend an academic year in the United States through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. The application deadline is Friday, October 16, 2015. Created in 1992 by the United States Congress, FLEX is an exchange program for secondary

U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell to Visit Latvia

Riga, October 13, 2015 – A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives led by Representative Eric Swalwell will visit Latvia, October 14-15. The delegation will also include Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs and other Latvian government officials. Additionally, the delegation will tour the Corner House (Stūra

U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter to Visit Latvia

Riga, October 9, 2015 – A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives led by Representative Duncan Hunter will visit Latvia, October 10-12. The delegation will also include Representative Mark Sanford. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with senior officials from the Ministries of Interior, Transportation, Defense and Foreign Affairs to discuss regional security and economic issues. Additionally, the

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. After the summer break (and some of the autumn as well) Books Are Still Cool is back. But the best news is that our book club now has a space to call home – The John F. Kennedy reading room on the 3rd floor of the Latvian National Library with an exquisite view overlooking the Old

U.S. Army Europe’s 21st Theater Sustainment Command to conduct Terrain Walk across Germany, Latvia, and Poland

Riga, September 1, 2015 – Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, will lead a delegation from U.S. Army Europe in the 21st Theater Sustainment Command Terrain Walk across Germany, Latvia, and Poland September 1-3. The delegation will visit Latvia September 2-3 and will tour Riga International Airport and Riga port during their stay. The

New U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Will Arrive Friday, August 28

Riga, August 25, 2015 – The new U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Nancy Bikoff Pettit, will arrive in Riga on Friday, August 28. She will begin her official duties after presenting her credentials to the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis, on September 8. President Barack Obama nominated Nancy Bikoff Pettit to be Ambassador to Latvia on September 8, 2014. She was

U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot to Visit Latvia

Riga, August 19, 2015 – U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot will visit Latvia, August 19-20. While in Latvia, Representative Chabot will meet with senior government officials from the Ministries of Economy, Foreign Affairs, and Defense to discuss regional security and economic issues. Additionally, Representative Chabot will tour Adazi military base and meet with U.S. and Latvian soldiers currently stationed there. Representative

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Frantz visits Latvia

Riga, August 19, 2015 – Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Doug Frantz will visit Latvia August 19-21 to participate in the inauguration ceremony for the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. A/S Frantz will also meet with government officials and participate in the conference The Riga Stratcom Dialogue: Perception Matters at the National Library. For more information about

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, August 17, 2015 – A delegation of U.S. Senators will visit Latvia on August 20 to participate in the inauguration ceremony for the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. The delegation is led by Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse and also includes Senator John Barrasso. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with President Raimonds Vējonis, Prime Minister

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, August 7, 2015 – A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives led by Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, will visit Latvia August 7-8. The delegation will include Representative Stephen Cohen, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. While in Latvia, the

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, August 5, 2015 – A delegation of U.S. Congressmen from the House of Representatives led by Representative Rob Wittman will visit Latvia August 5-6. The delegation will also include Representative Madeleine Bordallo, Representative Bill Flores, Representative Robert Pittenger, and Representative Kenny Marchant. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with parliamentarians and with officials from the Ministries of Foreign

Secretary Kerry to Host 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony and Honor Latvian Lawyer Gita Miruškina as a Hero

Riga, July 24, 2015 – Secretary of State John F. Kerry will release the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 10:00 a.m. on July 27, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Secretary Kerry will also honor this year’s TIP Report Heroes, which include Latvia’s Gita Miruškina, a lawyer at Safe House in Riga. Ms. Miruškina

U.S. and Latvian Military Engineers to Complete Renovation of Naujene Orphanage

Riga, July 21, 2015 – The United States European Command (USEUCOM), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Riga and the Daugavpils Regional Council, completed renovation at the Naujene Orphanage. To mark the completion of this humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) project, which is valued at $195,000, the U.S. Embassy and local authorities will hold a closing ceremony July 23 at 13:00

U.S. and Latvian Officials to Commemorate Breaking Ground at District Ambulance Support Station in Riga

Riga, July 20, 2015 – On Tuesday, July 21, U.S. Embassy Riga Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, Deputy Director of Healthcare Department of Latvian Ministry of Health Biruta Kleina, and Director of State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) Armands Ploriņš will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an emergency vehicle garage at the District Ambulance Support Station (DASS) ‘Krasts’

USS Jason Dunham to visit Riga

Riga, July 10, 2015 – On Tuesday, July 21, U.S. Embassy Riga Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, Deputy Director of Healthcare Department of Latvian Ministry of Health Biruta Kleina, and Director of State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) Armands Ploriņš will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an emergency vehicle garage at the District Ambulance Support Station (DASS) ‘Krasts’

Remarks of CDA Sharon Hudson-Dean/Acting DCM at July 4th Gala

2 July 2015, 6:00 PM Ministers, Members of the Saeima, excellencies, distinguished guests, good friends, ladies and gentlemen: Labdien.  Thank you for joining us in celebrating the birthday of the United States of America. This year marks the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, a document that not only influenced and shaped our nation’s ideals of

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

Riga, June 30, 2015 – On Thursday, July 2, at 17:30, the U.S. Embassy in Latvia will celebrate its 239th anniversary of independence at its annual Independence Day reception for invited guests at the Latvian Society House. Hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, the event will take place at the Latvian Society House’s Big Hall (Latviešu Biedrības nams; Merķeļa Street

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, June 26, 2015 – A delegation of U.S. Congressmen from the House of Representatives led by Representative Mario Diaz-Balart will visit Latvia from June 27-29 to attend the Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue hosted by the Saeima under the auspices of Latvia’s Presidency of the EU Council. The delegation will include Representative Jim Costa, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Darrell Issa, Representative

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. For the summer book and in celebration of EuroPride presently taking place in Riga, we have chosen The Price of Salt by renowned American psychological thriller author Patricia Highsmith. The post-reading discussion guest will be Rita Ruduša, a seasoned Latvian journalist, author of Forced Underground, a book about the lives of homosexuals in Soviet Latvia, who

U.S. Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus to Visit Latvia

Riga, June 17, 2015 – The U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, will visit Latvia, June 17-18. While in Latvia, the Secretary of the Navy will meet with Defense Minister Raimonds Vējonis, the Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, and the Commander of the Latvian Naval Forces, Captain Juris Roze, to discuss NATO and regional security issues. The

U.S. Embassy to Host Multiple Visitors for EuroPride in Latvia

Riga, June 16, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy in Riga is proud to be a major supporter of EuroPride in Riga, a week-long series of events to recognize and promote the human rights and basic freedoms of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people through workshops, conferences, art exhibitions and cultural events. Promoting inclusion and advancing equality for all people,

U.S. Special Envoy Nicholas Dean to Visit Latvia

Riga, June 15, 2015 – U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Nicholas Dean will make an official visit to Latvia June 15 – 16 to discuss the ongoing process of restitution of Holocaust-era Jewish communal and religious properties. He will meet with government officials, members of Parliament, and the Latvian Jewish community. For more information about Special Envoy Dean, please

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen to Visit Latvia

Riga, June 12, 2015 – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen will visit Latvia, June 13-14. While in Latvia, Senator Shaheen will meet with senior government officials to discuss NATO issues, regional security, and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Additionally, Senator Shaheen will tour Adazi military base and meet with U.S. soldiers currently stationed there.

U.S. Embassy and Baltic American Freedom Foundation Celebrate Awards of Fulbright, Humphrey, Benjamin Franklin, SUSI, and BAFF

Riga, June 10, 2015 – Today, Sharon Hudson-Dean, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Riga will host a reception to honor the recipients of this year’s Fulbright, Humphrey, Benjamin Franklin, and Baltic American Freedom Foundation Fellowships. This year, three students and three scholars from Latvia will receive Fulbright Fellowships to study and conduct research in the United States,

U.S. and Latvian Military Engineers to Commence Renovation of Naujene Orphanage

Riga, June 5, 2015 –The United States European Command (USEUCOM), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Riga and the Daugavpils Regional Council, will undertake a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) project at Naujene Orphanage. To mark the launch of the project, the U.S. Embassy and local authorities will hold a kick-off ceremony on June 8 at 13:00. The project, which was

U.S. Embassy announces partnership to support training for Central Asian government and civil society professionals

Riga, June 5, 2015 –On Monday, June 8, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs together with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Sharon Hudson-Dean and Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) Rector George Ulrich, will announce a new partnership to support RGSL’s Advanced Program in Law Economics for European Neighborhood Policy Countries and Central Asia. This three-month training program offers practical skills to

American celebrity chef Art Smith to visit Latvia

Riga, June 4, 2015 –American celebrity chef, Art Smith, will visit Riga, June 9-12. Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef, Chef Smith will arrive from Expo Milano 2015, where he is representing the United States at the U.S. Pavilion. In Riga, Chef Smith will participate in various events, including leading a master class for Latvian chefs, working with school cafeteria chefs,

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to Visit Latvia

Riga, June 1, 2015 — U.S. Attorney General of the Department of Justice Loretta E. Lynch and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will visit Latvia, June 2-3 to participate in the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting hosted by the Latvian Minister of Interior and Minister of Justice. In addition to the EU-U.S. Ministerial,

U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Humphrey Fellowship Program

Riga, April 13, 2015 – U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will visit Latvia April 14-15. While in Latvia, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will meet with members of Parliament and officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Interior to discuss international and regional security, arms control, nonproliferation, NATO, and bilateral security cooperation.

U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Fulbright Fellowship Program

Riga, May 28, 2015 –The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for academic year 2016-2017. The Embassy encourages all qualified students and scholars to apply The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright,

The Yale Whiffenpoofs to perform in Riga and Talsi

Riga, May 20, 2015 – The world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs from Yale University, will visit Latvia May 23-25. The singing group will provide free performances in Talsi on May 24 and Riga on May 25, with the support of the U.S. Embassy Riga. The Whiffenpoofs will visit Talsi on Sunday, May 24 to perform at the

TechCamp Riga to boost investigative journalism in Baltic states, Central and Eastern Europe

Riga, May 15, 2015 – On May 18-19, over 60 journalists from the Baltic states, and Central and Eastern Europe will attend training focused on building digital literacy and capacity among investigative journalists, TechCamp Riga: Clearing the Noise. Investigative Journalism in a Digital Age. The event is hosted by the U.S. Embassy Riga in cooperation with Latvian Journalists’ Association, and

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs John A. Heffern to Visit Latvia

Riga, April 24, 2015 – The U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs John A. Heffern will visit Latvia on April 27 for meetings with Latvian government officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economics as well as with experts from the energy, banking, and entrepreneurship sectors. During his visit, DAS

Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean at Human Development Awards Ceremony

Riga, April 17, 2015 [As prepared for delivery.] Minister, Ms. Šteinbuka (Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia), AmCham President Kākulis (President of AmCham), members of the American Chamber of Commerce, and distinguished guests, good evening. I am delighted to be here for the Human Development Awards ceremony and want to thank all of you for joining me. Your

U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security to Visit Latvia

Riga, April 13, 2015 – U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will visit Latvia April 14-15. While in Latvia, Under Secretary Gottemoeller will meet with members of Parliament and officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Interior to discuss international and regional security, arms control, nonproliferation, NATO, and bilateral security cooperation.

U.S. Senator Portman Visits Latvia

Riga, April 9, 2015 – U.S. Senator Robert Portman will visit Latvia on April 9-11. While in Latvia, Senator Portman will meet with senior government officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Internal Affairs to discuss NATO issues. Senator Portman will also meet with local MPs and tour the Adazi military base to discuss security issues and cooperation.

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. For the months of April and May we have a real treat to read – Henry Kissinger’s World Order, “which brings together history, geography and modern politics in considering how to balance the competing desires of nations.” (New York Times book review) And, who better as our special guest for the post-reading discussion, a leading Latvian

Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean to Visit Liepāja

Riga, April 8, 2015 – On Wednesday, April 8, U.S. Embassy Riga Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean will participate in the commemoration ceremony in Liepāja to honor the U.S. airmen presumed lost when their aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighter planes on April 8, 1950. During her visit, Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean will participate in several events to recognize the

U.S. Special Envoy Nicholas Dean to Visit Latvia

Riga, March 27, 2015 – U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Nicholas Dean will make an official visit to Latvia March 31 – April 2 to discuss the ongoing process of restitution of Holocaust-era Jewish communal and religious properties. He will meet with officials from the Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of Parliament, the diplomatic

Arrival of next rotation of troops and equipment under Operation Atlantic Resolve

Riga, March 11, 2015 – As announced by the Pentagon Monday, approximately 3,000 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division are coming to Europe for training and exercises. As part of that group, a company sized contingent from the 3rd Infantry Division (ID), or approximately 150 soldiers, will be deployed to Latvia in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR). In March,

Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean at AmCham Latvia Annual Meeting

Riga, March 12, 2015 [As prepared for delivery.] Thank you, Matīss, for that kind introduction; I would like to express my personal appreciation for your outstanding efforts to strengthen Latvia-U.S. relations, expand trade and investment, and promote mutual understanding between our two countries during your term as President. The past year has been one of success and rapid change for

U.S. and Latvian Military Engineers to Work at Naujene Orphanage During Summer 2015

Riga, March 10, 2015 – The United States European Command (USEUCOM), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Riga and the Daugavpils Regional Council, will undertake a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) project at Naujene Orphanage during the summer of 2015. The project will be carried out by three rotations of military engineers from the U.S. Air National Guard and Latvian National

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. For the month to March, which is Women’s History Month, we have the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning biography on offer –Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, written by the multiple awards winning author of The Peabody Sisters, this book “Delivers a lovely and bumpy coming-of-age story, one of the best such stories nineteenth-century America has to

U.S. Department of State Chief Economist Rodney Ludema to Visit Latvia

Riga, February 25, 2015 – U.S. State Department Chief Economist Rodney Ludema will visit Latvia February 25-27 to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other economic issues of mutual interest. During his visit, Dr. Ludema will meet with senior government officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Transport. He will also meet with representatives of

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Hoagland to Visit Latvia

Riga, February 24, 2015 – U.S. State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Hoagland will visit Latvia February 24-26 and will meet with officials from the Latvian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport and local civil society representatives to discuss developments and projects in the South and Central Asia region. Richard Hoagland has been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. We have a fantastic book on offer for February, which is also Black History Month.Death of a King – New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations. The post-reading discussion will be hosted by Assistant Professor Lauren Monsein Rhodes who

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Robin Dunnigan to Visit Latvia

Riga, February 4, 2015 – U.S. State Department Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Energy Diplomacy Robin Dunnigan will visit Latvia February 5-6 to speak at the European Energy Union Conference. During her visit, DAS Dunnigan will also meet with senior government officials at the Ministries of Economics and Foreign Affairs and experts from the energy

Commanding General of U.S. Army in Europe to Visit Latvia

Riga, January 17, 2015 – The Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges will visit Latvia January 18-20. In Latvia, LTG Hodges will visit Ādaži Military Base and participate in the welcome ceremony of U.S. soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The troops, which arrived earlier this month, are deployed to Latvia on a rotational

Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Daniel Fried Visits Latvia

Riga, January 16, 2015 – U.S. State Department Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Ambassador Daniel Fried is visiting Latvia January 15-16 to meet with senior government officials. The visit is part of a regional trip which includes stops in Brussels, Paris, and Riga, in Latvia’s capacity as current host to the Presidency of the Council of European Union. More information about

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. We have a great books for January – BUSTED – A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, by Pulitzer Prize winners Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. Lisa Scottline wrote of the book, “Busted reads like a turbocharged thriller, and the more compelling because it’s true.” We had hoped to get this

Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean at New Year’s Concert and Reception to Mark the Start of the Latvian Presidency of the Council

Riga, January 7, 2015 [As prepared for delivery.] Excellencies, guests, and friends — good evening and welcome. I’d like to offer everyone a Happy New Year! (Laimīgu Jauno Gadu!) and for those who are celebrating Christmas tonight, Merry Christmas (С Рождеством! / S Rozhdestvom!) Before we get started tonight, I would like to state that the United States strongly condemn

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs : Press Conference

November 20, 2014 Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minister Rinkēvičs: [Through Interpreter]. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It seems that during this intense week of work I meet with you two or three times a day and that’s due to the fact that we are about to assume the presidency. There are also various regional security issues that have to

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland to Visit Latvia

Riga, November 19, 2014 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will visit Riga November 19-20. While in Latvia, Assistant Secretary Nuland will meet with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, and Minister of Defense Raimonds Vējonis to discuss bilateral cooperation, regional security, and Latvia’s upcoming tenure as President of

U.S. Embassy Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

Riga, November 6, 2014 – The U.S. Embassy will celebrate the power of entrepreneurship and innovation as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014. Under the theme of “Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from the Start,” the Embassy is organizing a range of events scheduled November 3-23. GEW is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers. It’s November and once again it’s time to focus on entrepreneurship. During November the U.S. State Department celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week and our Embassy is organizing a host of activities including our monthly book club. This month’s award winning book, Big Bang Disruption – Business Survival in the Age of Constant Innovation, is a timely piece “that

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet’s Remarks at the Joint Press conference with Defense Minist

Riga, October 29, 2014 This is my first visit to Latvia, and I am already very impressed with your hospitality and the beauty and history of Riga. I am also impressed with the seriousness of your commitment to NATO and its ideals of freedom, human rights, free market economies, democracy, and collective security. Minister Vejonis and I just had an

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs to Visit Latvia

Riga, October 28, 2014 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA) Derek Chollet arrives in Riga today for an official visit through October 30. While in Latvia, Assistant Secretary Chollet will meet with Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Vējonis, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, and other senior Latvian government officials and Baltic Defense Policy

Calling All Entrepreneurs!

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS! October 28, 2014 Are you a recent entrepreneur, or looking to take your business beyond Latvia? In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy will become a “business incubator for a day” and host an Entrepreneurship Seminar on Thursday, November 13. Top local and U.S. businesspeople and thinkers on entrepreneurship and innovation will lead a full-day

U.S. Federal Judge and U.S. Federal Prosecutor, Experts on Trafficking-in-Persons Cases, Visit Latvia to Focus on Investigation, Prosecution, and Tria

Riga, October 14, 2014 – On October 15, two experts on trafficking-in-persons cases from the United States, Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, United States Federal Judge, and Daniel Weiss, United States Federal Prosecutor, will lead a seminar and share their legal and practical experience with Latvian police investigators, prosecutors, judges, and NGO leaders, on ways to improve investigation, prosecution, and trial

Opening of The Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw Exhibition at Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”

Riga, October 8, 2014 – Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”, U.S. Embassy Riga, and Dimitry Krupnikov are proud to announce the opening of a photo exhibit entitled The Kennedys: Photographs by Mark Shaw on Thursday, October 9, at 5:00 p.m. in Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis”, Raunas Street 12-1. The exhibit features over 40 historic photographs of U.S. President John F. Kennedy

Remarks at the ILGA-Europe 2014 Conference

Riga, October 8, 2014 By Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Sharon Hudson-Dean Hello, and welcome everyone. Thank you to Evelyne for that warm introduction, and to ILGA-Europe for hosting us today The United States is so happy to partner with ILGA, as we work together to advance the human rights of LGBT persons. And a special thank you to our panelists from

U.S. and Latvian Officials to Jointly Mark the Completion of Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) Projects at Adazi and Ogre

Riga, August 27, 2014 – On August 28, 2014, U.S. Embassy Riga and Latvian Officials will participate in closing ceremonies to mark the completion of two Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) projects at Adazi High School and Ogre 1st High School. The project at Adazi High School included installation of perimeter fence around the school grounds ensuring a safe environment for

U.S. Embassy Riga Team to Participate in Baltic Way Commemorative Bike Ride

Riga, August 22, 2014 — This Saturday, August 23, a U.S. Embassy Riga team will participate in the Baltic Way commemorative bike ride organized by the Latvian National Armed Forces to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way. The team will consist of U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, U.S. Embassy personnel, and U.S. military representatives.

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of The Baltic Way

August 22, 2014 WHITE HOUSE On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, we congratulate the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 25th anniversary of The Baltic Way. Today, we remember that as many as two million people joined hands on August 23, 1989 to form a human chain spanning nearly 400 miles from

U.S. and Latvian Officials to Jointly Open Reconstructed Kurzeme Regional Dispatch Center in Kuldīga

Riga, August 19, 2014 – On August 20, 2014, U.S. Embassy Riga Chargé d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean; U.S. Brigadier General Kevin McNeely, Deputy Director Strategy, Policy, and Programming, U.S. European Command; Chairman of the Saeima Solvita Aboltina; Mayor of Kurzeme Regional Council Inga Berziņa; and Director of the Latvian State Emergency Medical Service Mr. Armands Ploriņs will participate in an opening

US TRANSCOM Commander General Paul J. Selva will visit Latvia

Riga, August 14, 2014 – On Monday, August 18 U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) Commander General Paul J. Selva will arrive in Latvia for meetings with officials from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport. During his visit, General Selva will also tour Riga International Airport and Riga Universal Terminal, and participate in a flower laying

Books Are Still Cool!

The summer is almost over and the balmy weather is turning towards the cooler side – perhaps it’s time for a good book? Luckily BOOKS ARE STILL COOL is back from summer break to offer you a New York Times bestseller & this club’s first Pulitzer Prize willing book! This book will take us to North Korea and that is

U.S. Congressman Nunes Visits Latvia

Riga, August 6, 2014 – U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes visited Latvia this week as part of a larger regional visit, which also includes stops in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In Riga, Nunes met with Latvian government officials and visited Adazi Military base to meet U.S. and Latvian troops. U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes was elected to the

U.S. Special Envoy Ira N. Forman To Visit Latvia

Riga, July 22, 2014 – U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira N. Forman arrives in Latvia today for a two day visit that is part of a larger regional trip. During his visit, Forman will meet with government officials, representatives of the local Jewish community and the diplomatic corps, and tour the Museum of Occupation and the

U.S. Embassy and Baltic American Freedom Foundation Celebrate Awards of Fulbright, Benjamin Franklin, & Baltic American Freedom Foundation Fellows

Riga, July 15, 2014 – Today, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala will host a reception to honor the recipients of this year’s Fulbright, Benjamin Franklin, and Baltic American Freedom Foundation Fellowships. This year, three students and three scholars from Latvia will receive Fulbright Fellowships to study and conduct research in the United States, two high school students will receive

U.S. Infantry 173th Infantry Brigade Unit and Latvia National Baseball Team to Share Field for Baseball Game

Riga, July 10, 2014 – The Latvian National Baseball Team will play a team from the U.S. 1st Squadron 91st Cavalry Regiment on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on the field of University of Latvia at Lomonosova Street 1A. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., youth from several orphanages in the Riga area will join the two teams on the field and learn

U.S. Special Envoy Douglas Davidson To Visit Latvia

Riga, July 3, 2014 – U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Douglas Davidson will visit Latvia July 3-5 to attend a commemoration ceremony for Latvia’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. During his visit, he will meet with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Council of the Jewish Communities, and the diplomatic corps. More information about Special Envoy Davidson is available

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

Riga, June 30, 2014 – On Thursday, July 3, the U.S. Embassy in Latvia will host its annual Independence Day celebration for the American community and a wide range of invited guests. The event will take place from 17:30 to 19:30 on the Embassy grounds (Samnera Velsa Street 1). Ambassador Pekala will address the gathering. In addition, the Latvian National

United States and Latvia Sign Agreements to Share Tax Information

Riga, June 27, 2014 – U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala and Latvian Minister of Finance Andris Vilks signed an intergovernmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters. These agreements underscore growing international cooperation to end tax evasion everywhere. The United States and Latvia have a longstanding

Latvia Maintains its Ranking in the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report

Riga, June 20, 2014 – Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report. This year, Latvia was placed in Tier 2, which is the same ranking as last year. The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report asserts that the Government of Latvia is making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination

U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade to participate in Malkas Talka (bringing in the firewood) for Zvannieki foster home

Riga, May 29, 2014 – On May 30, 2014, 70 American soldiers and engineers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed in Adaži, together with members of the U.S. Embassy community, will volunteer at Zvannieki foster home to chop and bring in firewood, dig several water trenches, and lay a concrete foundation for a new poultry barn. Zvannieki, an alternative family

U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Fulbright Fellowship Program

Riga, May 21, 2014 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for academic year 2015-2016. The Embassy encourages all qualified students and scholars to apply. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William

U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Humphrey Fellowship Program

Riga, May 21, 2014 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s competition for the Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year 2015–2016. The Embassy encourages all qualified candidates to apply. The Humphrey Program provides mid-career Latvians with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in a specialized year of graduate-level, non-degree academic

U.S. Secretary of Army to Visit Latvia

Riga, May 19, 2014 – The U.S. Secretary of the Army John H. McHugh will visit Latvia from May 19 to 20. This visit is part of a larger regional visit, which also includes stops in Estonia and Lithuania. While in Latvia, Secretary McHugh will meet with Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Vējonis and Brigadier General Juris Zeibārts, and will

U.S. Embassy to fly Rainbow Flag on May 17-18 for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Riga, May 16, 2014 – To mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), the U.S. Embassy in Riga will fly the rainbow flag at the Embassy building May 17 and 18. IDAHO is an annual event observed internationally to counter homophobia and raise awareness of the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people. Advancing equality for

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel to Visit Latvia

Riga, May 13, 2014 – Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel arrives in Riga today for an official visit. During his visit, Under Secretary Stengel will meet with Latvian government officials, media professionals and U.S. Government program alumni, participate in a town hall meeting at Riga Stradiņš University, and tour the new Latvian National

U.S. Embassy Riga celebrates Riga Photomonth 2014

Riga, May 9, 2014 – The Embassy is proud to announce the opening of the “Frames of America” photo exhibition by American photographer Mary Ellen Mark at the new Latvian National Library, Mūkusalas Street 3, Riga on May 10 at 4:00 p.m. The exhibition of works presents a classic documentary photography tradition in which photojournalism and subjective documentary align and

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers and this month also – lovers of good food! May’s book is the bestselling memoir by the New York a chef Marcus Samuelsson – Yes, Chef. If that doesn’t fill your plate, Riga’s own American-Latvian chef Kārlis Celms, and San Francisco’s Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts graduate, will host the discussion at his restaurant Tvaiks

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy visits Latvia

Riga, April 28, 2014 – Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy is visiting Riga, Latvia from April 28 to 29. During his visit, Under Secretary Kennedy will meet with Latvian government officials, view U.S. Embassy operations, and tour the new Latvian National Library. As Under Secretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy is responsible for the people, resources, budget, facilities,

Arrival of U.S. Army 173rd Infantry Brigade Troops in Latvia

Riga, April 23, 2014 – On April 24, a company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will arrive in Latvia to begin exercises with Latvian troops. The arrival at Riga International Airport will be open to the media. All media representatives interested in covering the event should arrive at Riga International Airport no

U.S. Army Europe Deploys Forces to Latvia

Riga, April 22, 2014 – On April 24, a company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will arrive in Latvia to begin exercises with Latvian troops. This new exercise is part of a series of expanded U.S. land force training activities in the Baltic region and Poland that are scheduled to take place

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Latvia

Riga, April 11, 2014 – A delegation of U.S. Senators led by Senator John McCain will visit Latvia from April 15 to April 16. The delegation will include Senator John McCain, Senator John Barrasso, and Senator John Hoeven. This visit is part of a larger regional visit, which will also include stops in Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, and Moldova. While in

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers and this month also art lovers! April’s book is a biographic look at the American painter and draftsman Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). This retrospect on Basquiat contains hundreds of high quality prints as well as interesting insights by those he shared his tumultuous eight years in the New York art scene – including Madonna, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol,

U.S. Ambassador to Visit Liepāja

Riga, April 8, 2014 – On Wednesday, April 9, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Mark Pekala, will participate in a commemoration ceremony in Liepāja, in honor of the U.S. airmen presumed lost when their aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighter planes on April 8, 1950. During his visit, Ambassador Pekala will also visit the Liepāja Youth House to discuss their

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia

April 29, 2014 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President Vice President Biden met today with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma in the White House. The Vice President underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of our NATO Allies under Article 5. Prime Minister Straujuma thanked the United States for its tangible commitments to Latvia’s security,

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andirs Berzins of Latvia

March 19, 2014 Presidential Palace Vilnius, Lithuania 1:20 P.M. (Local) PRESIDENT GRYBAUSKAITE: (As interpreted.) Good afternoon. So today we had an important meeting with U.S. Vice President Biden and Latvian President Berzins. With our partners, we discussed the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the security of the Baltic States and Europe as a whole. I see it as

The Adjutant General of Michigan Major General Gregory Vadnais visits Latvia

Riga, March 19, 2014 – Today, Major General Gregory Vadnais of the Michigan National Guard arrives in Latvia for a four-day visit. During his stay, MG Vadnais will meet with officials from the Ministry of Defense and the Latvian Special Operations Unit. MG Vadnais will also participate in the ceremony for the Latvian Raising of the Patrol Ship “Rēzekne” on

Women Play a Central Role in Peace

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State International Women’s Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place – but to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and

Setting the Record Straight on Ukraine

March 6, 2014 Claim: We need to return to the February 21 agreement, which the opposition failed to implement. Response: As part of the agreement, the Ukrainian Parliament (the Rada) passed a bill to return Ukraine to the 2004 Constitution. Under the terms of the agreement, Yanukovych had 24 hours to sign this legislation, after which the protesters would need

2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

February 13, 2014 The U.S. Embassy nominates Iluta Lace, Director of the Marta Resource Center for Women, for the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Iluta Lace has demonstrated exceptional courage in raising awareness and advocating for legal protections for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Under Iluta’s leadership, a dedicated team of staff and volunteers

American pastry chef Michael Laiskonis will visit Latvia

Riga, February 13, 2014 – From Monday, February 17 to 19 renowned American pastry chef Michael Laiskonis will visit Riga. During his three day visit Laiskonis will participate in various events, including leading a pastry master class for Latvian chefs and teaching youth from Latvia’s SOS children’s villages how to prepare delicious and healthy meals. On 19th February, Laiskonis will

The U. S. Embassy announces a video contest for high school students

Riga, January 23, 2014 – The U.S. Embassy Riga invites 16–18 year old high school students to participate in the video contest and submit their 1–5 minute long videos on the topic “Innovation” until February 28. Authors of the 10 best videos will receive consolation prizes while the winner will be granted an opportunity to participate in a 4-week long

The U.S. Embassy Announces a New Visa Scheduling and Payment System effective February 2, 2014

Riga, January 17, 2014 – Starting February 2, 2014, applicants applying for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia will schedule their interview and receive their U.S. visas, using a new system, which includes a new website, call center, payment options, and courier passport passback. This new process is part of a worldwide change to the visa

Books Are Still Cool!

This month, we invite you, our social media followers, to take part in our monthly American reading experience BOOKS ARE STILL COOL! We have read some very interesting books in 2013, and many interesting books, including best sellers have been ordered up for 2014, so don’t be shy and sign up. This month’s book will allow its reader to travel

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers. For February, which is also Black History Month, Books Are Still Cool took a road trip to Daugavpils where we read Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning Beloved. Our special guest and major fan of the book, George Steel e gave the reading group in Daugavpils deep insights into African-American culture. For March, Women’s History Month, Books Are

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