Press releases and speeches

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis regrets the decision of the British electorate to support exit of the country from the European Union (EU). At the same time, the President of Latvia emphasizes that the United Kingdom will continue to be an important ally and international partner for Latvia and the EU, with whom close relations shall be maintained.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and the Commander of French Armed Forces, General Pierre de Villiers discussed the security situation in the region, as well as cooperation of Latvia and France in the field of defence, while preparing for the NATO summit in Warsaw, where decisions would be made on expanding the allied forces presence in the Baltic region, during their meeting on Tuesday, June 21.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will participate in the 11th Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from 13 to 17 July 2016. It will host discussions of Heads of State and Heads of Government on closer political, economic, and cultural cooperation between European and Asian countries.


During accreditation of Ambassador of Bulgaria Emil Savov Yalnazov on Tuesday, June 20, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis emphasized the broad opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, especially calling for the improvement of mutual economic cooperation.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis expresses our sincere condolences on behalf of Latvia and himself in connection with the murder of British MP Jo Cox and condemns violence and all forms of extremism.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis submitted a proposed legislation on 14 June 2016, wherein he called for necessary amendments to the law in order to strengthen the powers, capacity, and management of the Judicial Council.


Distinguished participants of the memorial moment! Exactly 75 years have passed since that horrible night, when more than 15 thousand Latvian residents were suddenly pulled out from their homes on the dark night and were forced to go away in an unknown direction, leaving their land and all their previous lives.


When opening the conference devoted to deportations on June 14, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis acknowledged that the children of Siberia were an example of the power of human spirit even today and he called for remembering those stories of destiny forever. He stressed that stories of memories were remembrance about those persons who did not return home ever and they were an example of overwhelming humanity at the same time.


 President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis expressed his deepest condolences on behalf of Latvia and himself in connection with the gunfire that took place in the city of Orlando in the USA, and he emphasized that Latvia joined the families of casualties in their thoughts. The President of Latvia also wished a speedy recovery to the injured persons in the gunfire.


During a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis noted with compliments the very first visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Latvia during the long history of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This visit marks intensification of the political dialogue between Latvia and Iran.