Meeting in Yerevan on 11 March, RSC Director Richard Giragosian briefed a visiting delegation from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on recent developments in domestic Armenian politics and trends in Armenian foreign policy, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the outlook for Armenia-Turkey “normalization,” as well as developments in Armenia-EU relations.
The Latvian delegation was led by Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Marģers Krams, who also serves as the Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate at the Latvian Foreign Ministry, and included Lolita Lenkeviča, the head of department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Latvian Foreign Ministry, as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Elita Gavele, the current Latvian Ambassador to both Armenia and Georgia.
The RSC is working closely with the Latvian foreign ministry, the Latvian parliament (Saeima), the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and LATO, the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation. RSC Director Giragosian was also an official speaker at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga and presented a report at a special session at the Latvian parliamentary foreign affairs committee devoted to developments in the Eastern Partnership countries. He is a regular participant in the annual Riga Conference, and has also worked closely with the previous Latvian official in charge of the Eastern partnership, Ambassador Juris Poikans, currently serving as the Latvian Ambassador to Ukraine.