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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Remarks at the July 4 Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Nancy Bikoff Pettit June 26, 2019 Good afternoon ministers and excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the United States Embassy’s celebration of America’s 243rd Independence Day. We are honored by your presence here today. In the hourglass of history, 243 years may seem like a brief moment in time, but as we …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Daugavpils and Rēzekne

Riga, April 3, 2019 – U.S. Ambassador Nancy Pettit will make an official visit to Daugavpils and Rēzekne from April 3-5. During her visit to Daugavpils, Ambassador Pettit will meet with Daugavpils Mayor Andrejs Elksniņš and City Council officials.  She will also meet with civil society representatives, visit the Embassy’s American Center at the Latgale …

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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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U.S. Ambassador Visits Alūksne, Balvi, Gulbene

Riga, July 25, 2017 – On July 23-25, Ambassador Nancy Pettit visited the northeastern Latvian towns of Alūksne, Balvi, and Gulbene.  In Alūksne, Ambassador Pettit met with Mayor Arturs Dukulis and visited the Ernst Glueck Bible Museum, the Alūksne Infantry School, and the Pededze border crossing. In Balvi, Ambassador Pettit met with Balvi Mayor Aigars …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Jēkabpils and Rēzekne

Riga, October 20, 2016 – On October 18-19, U.S. Ambassador Nancy Pettit paid an official visit to Jēkabpils and Rēzkene. In Jēkabpils, Ambassador Pettit met with Mayor Leonīds Salcevičs and City Council officials, as well as with regional NGO youth leaders. On October 19, in Rēzekne, Ambassador Pettit met with Mayor Aleksandrs Bartaševičs and other …

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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 …

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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 …

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