Press releases and speeches

Mr. President,



As we celebrate 70 years of the United Nations and 70 years since the end of the Second World War, it is time for us all to take stock:


When setting new sustainable development goals, all United Nations Member States should be aware that those goals are too large for each country being able to reach them separately, thus joint efficient actions should be coordinated for all the countries while overcoming social, economic, and environmental challenges in the future, as the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis said addressing the audience at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on Friday in New York. He started his working visit to the United States of America and the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.


“Nowadays, economic growth of every country in the world is largely related to accelerated introduction of modern means of production and technologies. It is possible thanks to timely and well-considered attraction of investment, which is one of the keys to economic growth. Investment is an engine of comprehensive changes in the national economy and for regional development,” stressed the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during the meeting with representatives of the Latvian Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL).


“The upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw is likely to be particularly important in strengthening the security of our region, including a discussion on increasing NATO presence, for instance, in terms of machinery and equipment,” stressed the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his conversation with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, September 22.


The European Union would be able to experience growth in the long term only if it would be able to offer high quality education and graduates, who complied with the requirements of actual labour environment, said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis at the Arraiolos Group meeting in Germany on Tuesday, September 22.


“Understanding about the concepts of solidarity, equality, and community among Europeans is a significant challenge for Europe. The Latvian society has seen huge changes over the past decade - from crisis to rapid growth, from joy of community with the other EU Member States to care for a common future in the EU, basing that on the European values. Europe must defend its values ​​on a daily basis,” emphasized the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis while discussing the issues of utmost importance to Europe with the heads of state at the Arraiolos Group meeting on Monday, September 21.


During a meeting with the Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis emphasized successful cooperation between the two countries in the field of security and particularly outlined joint military exercises and the contribution of Germany in air policing mission over the Baltic States. The bilateral meeting with Joachim Gauck was held during the working visit to Germany, where the President of Latvia participated in the Arraiolos Group meeting.


I have met with the representatives of all the political parties represented in the Saeima for the last two days and received a clear message - each of the political parties representing their constituencies is for saving war refugees. Therefore, we are aware that our common duty is to assist those people.


When accrediting the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America Mrs. Nancy Bikoff Pettit, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis emphasized firm action of the United States during the crisis in Ukraine and he thanked for presence of the US armed forces and regular exercises in the Baltic region. Accreditation of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark Mr. Hans Brask and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Peoples’ Republic of China Mr. Huang Yong took also place on Tuesday, September 8.


During accreditation of the new Ambassadors of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany to Latvia, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis highlighted contribution of those countries in strengthening security in the Baltic region, especially given the tense situation in Ukraine. The President of Latvia noted that Latvia had also significant economic cooperation with those countries that we wished to deepen by attracting new investments to the sectors of national economy having great significance for our country.