Press releases and speeches

On Monday, August 18, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel who arrived today for a one-day visit to Latvia. 


The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš and the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili discussed the security situation in the region and further cooperation between the two countries by phone on Monday, August 18. The telephone conversation was organized at the initiative of the President of Georgia. 


  President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš will participate in the meeting of the Presidents of the three Baltic States with the President of the United States Barack Obama in the beginning of this September in Tallinn, Estonia, in order to discuss the security situation in Europe and other topical issues related to the advancing NATO summit in Wales on September 4 and 5. 


The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš sent the congratulation letter to the newly elected President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, by congratulating with the support received from the Turkish people, as well as wishing most success and strength for the new responsible office be held.


The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš will meet with the Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and the Minister of Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs on Monday, August 11 at 1 p.m. to discuss decisions and further actions in relation with ban on exports of certain groups of goods set by Russia at the level of the European Union (EU) and Latvia. 


Today, on July 23, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met the group of federal land MPs of the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bundestag, Germanyin Valmiera.


Upon incentive of the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski to discuss the current situation in the European security system and preparation for the upcoming NATO summit in Wales, funding for defence, security policy and regional cooperation, presidents of the Baltic States, the Visegrad Group, Bulgaria, and Romania met on July 21 and 22 in Warsaw.


Latvia has expressed its deepest condolences on the crash of Malaysia Airlines aircraft Boeing 777. The top officials conveyed their deepestcondolences to the families and relatives of the deceased. Latvia called for investigating as soon and as clearly possible what exactly happened.


The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with Mr. Masaaki Yamazaki, the President of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Parliament on Wednesday, July 16, to discuss bilateral political relations and opportunities to expand economic cooperation. When opening the conversation with the guest, the President of Latvia pointed out: “Your arrival to Latvia is very essential. I am confident that it will enable our countries to come closer much faster.”


The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš accredited Mr. Augustin Gasca Pliego, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Mexican States, and Dr. Pablo Sader, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Uruguay, to Latvia on Tuesday, July 15.