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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Chargé D’Affaires Paul Poletes’ Remarks at Gunnar Birkerts Memorial Event

National Library of Latvia September 6 at 3:00 p.m. Distinguished guests, friends of the National Library, ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon. I would like to thank National Library Director Andris Vilks for extending the privilege of speaking at this special event today as we celebrate the life and achievements of Gunnars Birkerts. It is an ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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