United States European Command Donates Medical Equipment to State Emergency Medical Service to Support Latvia During COVID-19 crisis

On Friday, March 19, U.S. Ambassador John Carwile presented the Latvian government with two single-patient isolation and transport systems. Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts accepted the donation on behalf of the Latvian government. The U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation worked with the Latvian Ministry of Health and State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) to implement …

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Statement by Ambassador John Carwile in Honor of the Barricades

On January 13, 1991, tens of thousands of Latvians peacefully took to the streets of Riga to erect barricades and defend Latvia’s fledgling independent, democratic institutions in the face of threats from Soviet forces. Seven Latvians lost their lives during the tense two-week standoff, but the Soviets failed to intimidate the defenders and ultimately withdrew …

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Statement by Ambassador Carwile

January 13, 2021. On January 13, 1991, tens of thousands of Latvians peacefully took to the streets of Riga to erect barricades and defend Latvia’s fledgling independent, democratic institutions in the face of threats from Soviet forces. Seven Latvians lost their lives during the tense two-week standoff, but the Soviets failed to intimidate the defenders …

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Joint Message on International Anti-Corruption Day

On December 9, 2020 to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia John Carwile joined President of Latvia Egils Levits, several Latvian state officials, other ambassadors, and a Latvian civil society representative in a video message emphasizing how corruption undermines sovereignty and security. The video also emphasizes the importance of allies working together to …

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Ambassador Carwile And Minister Pabriks Open Special Operations Base in Riga

On November 25, 2020, Ambassador Carwile, together with Latvian Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, and Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-built Special Operations Unit base in Riga. U.S. European Command (EUCOM) European Defense Initiative provided 3.7 million USD for the project. The new infrastructure, which includes …

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Ambassador Carwile Presents Personal Protective Equipment to Latvian Government

Riga, November 17, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador John Carwile presented the Latvian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense with $135,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) yesterday for use in the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation from the United States includes 14,000 isolation gowns and 13,500 coveralls. These items have been challenging to procure …

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador John Carwile on U.S. Presidential Election

Ambassador John Carwile November 3, 2020 The 2020 U.S election campaign cycle ends today against the backdrop of a global pandemic, high early voter turnout, and intense interest across the United States.  Following the traditions of our democracy, candidates around the country have made their case to the American people, journalists have freely reported on …

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Remarks to U.S. Exchange Alumni, September 24, 2020

Ambassador John Carwile September 24, 2020 University of Latvia Botanical Garden Good evening everyone. Thank you for joining us. I am glad to see so many embassy alumni and friends here tonight. I am also especially grateful that we are able to hold this event after it was postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions earlier …

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Embassy donates 4,000 tests and lab equipment to Latvian Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health

Riga, June 12, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador John Carwile presented the Latvian Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health with two tranches of COVID-19 test-kits and associated lab equipment, supporting 4,000 tests. The United States’ contribution (approximately $200,000) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) solidarity fund financed the tests, which will bolster Latvia’s …

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United States European Command, U.S. Embassy, and Latvian Ministry of Defense work together to supply sanitizer and gloves to schools in Latvia

Riga, June 1, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador John Carwile presented the Latvian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health with one thousand liters of hand sanitizers produced by the Latvian company AS Spodrība and 22,500 pairs of non-sterile disposable gloves on May 30. Minister of Health Ilze Viņķele and Ministry of Education and Science …

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United States European Command in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Riga donates sanitizer to Latvian State Emergency Medical Services

Riga, May 18, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador John Carwile presented Latvian State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS) with 3,660 liters of hand and surface sanitizers totaling $15,000 and produced by the Latvian company “AS Spodrība” on May 15. Director of the State Emergency Medical Services Liene Cipule accepted the donation on behalf of the Latvian government. …

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Remarks at the Opening of the U.S. Information Center in Daugavpils

Ambassador John Carwile January 22, 2020 Daugavpils Good evening. It is an honor to make my first trip to Daugavpils as the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia and I’m especially pleased to inaugurate our new American Space location. For the past 15 years, we have engaged with the community in Latgale to promote educational and cultural …

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Anti-Corruption Day: Recognizing Latvia’s Efforts to Fight Money Laundering

Ambassador John L. Carwile December 4, 2019 Since my arrival in November as the United States Ambassador, Latvians have proven to be welcoming, gracious, and committed partners of the United States. Next week, we commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, and what better way to mark the day than to review Latvia’s progress over the past year. …

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Address at the Celebrations of the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit July 12, 2018 National Library of Latvia Labdien, good afternoon ministers and excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the United States Embassy’s celebration of the 242nd year of America’s independence. Every year on the July 4th holiday, Americans reflect on what our country stands for: the ideals that are …

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World AIDS Day

Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit Op-Ed Delfi.lv  December 1, 2017 In June 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report describing cases of a rare lung infection in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles.  The report described other unusual infections in the men, indicating that their immune systems …

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