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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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