Welcome to the Consulate General of The Republic of Latvia to Lebanon
The Consulate General of Latvia in Beirut represents the Republic of Latvia in Lebanon and covers the 5 Boroughs of Beirut, Zahle, North of Lebanon, the South of Lebanon, and the Mont Lebanon. Its broad mission is to promote Latvian interests in Lebanon and to provide assistance to Latvians visiting Lebanon and residents. The Consulate seeks to assist in fostering broader knowledge in Lebanon about Latvia and to facilitate increased business, educational, and cultural relations between Lebanon and Latvia - one of the European Union's fastest growing and historically and culturally interesting nations.
Things you should know about Riga
- Riga is the largest city in the three Baltic States
- There are three major ports in Latvia - Liepaja, Riga and Ventspils, as well as seven smaller ports - Skulte, Mersrags, Salacgriva, Pavilosta, Roja, Lielupe and Engure, which are situated along the entire coastline of Latvia.
- Riga is Europe's capital of art nouveau architecture
- Riga is one of the greenest city in the region
- Historic center in Riga is included in the UNESCO world heritage list
- Riga , ranked as the best large European city for cost effectiveness by FDI Magazine
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Latvian News 29-8-2016
- Rasnacs: Latvia has the right to demand compensation for damage caused by Soviet regime «The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed 77 years ago. Two totalitarian regimes basically signed a criminal pact the consequences of which are still felt today,» ? said Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs on Tuesday, 23 August, while taking part in a conference of European ministers dedicated to the commemoration of victims of Stalinism and Nazism. In regards to Latvia, Rasnacs noted: «In 1938, Latvia was on the tenth place in Europe in terms of GDP per capita. In the fifty years of Soviet occupation, Latvia?s development was forced to decline significantly.» Rasnacs emphasized that the Russian Federation inherited the rights and duties of the Soviet Union, and is therefore responsible for the crimes against humanity committed in Latvia and the losses associated with them. Latvia has the right and duty to demand compensation for the damage that was caused to it by the Soviet occupation. EU representatives were informed of Latvian parliament?s declaration of 2005 ?On Condemnation of the Totalitarian Communist Occupation Regime Implemented in Latvia by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics? and its objective to present demands to the Russian Federation to compensate to losses caused by said occupation, as reported by Justice Ministry. In addition, justice ministers of the three Baltic States had signed a joint declaration in 2015, stating that «the time has come to settle affairs with past and carry out scientific calculations of the losses that were caused by USSR?s totalitarian communist occupation regime». Eight years ago, MEP Inese Vaidere and four foreign colleagues managed to convince the European Parliament to officially accept the declaration «On the Declaration of 23 August as the European Day of Commemoration of Victims of Stalinism and Nazism». In this declaration, the European Parliament officially condemns both totalitarian regimes and invites parliaments of all EU member states to declare 23 August as a common commemoration day.
- US congressmen confirm unchanged support to Latvia?s security On Wednesday, 24 August, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with a delegation of US congressmen that arrived in Latvia with U.S. Congressional Armed Services Committee member Chris Gibson. During the conversation, Rinkevics emphasized that Latvia highly values the visits regularly carried out by members of the US administration and Congress to the region and especially Latvia, because those visits hold a practical and symbolic meaning. Gibson noted that the main goal of the US Congress delegation?s visit is to demonstrate the support of US Republicans and Democrats to the statements made by US Vice-President Joe Biden about USA?s unchanged stance in regards to NATO principles and commitment to fulfil Article 5, as reported by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry. Representatives of the US Congress said they value Latvia?s accomplishments in state defence and international security, including Latvia?s standing commitment to increase expenditures on defence. Congressmen also mentioned the contribution Latvia makes to international security by taking part in joint NATO military exercises. Discussions also touched upon the topic of cooperation between Latvia?s armed forces and US Michigan National Guard. The US delegation also mentioned that Latvia?s membership in OECD affirms the country?s economic maturity Rinkevics noted that membership in OECD was never a goal in of itself, but rather a tool to help sort out the business environment and assist with economic development. The process of joining this organization was a powerful stimulus to realize reforms in important security areas. Officials also discussed topical international and regional security matters, including Russia?s aggression in Ukraine, its influence on the security situation and Euro-Atlantic space and the sanction policy in place against Russia. Opinions were also exchanged in regards to enhancement of cooperation with Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries, the Syrian crisis, the migration crisis, EU?s future after Brexit, as well as energy security and diversification matters. Both sides agreed that it is important to strengthen economic cooperation and make business visits more often in the future. Officials admitted that the signing of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will strengthen not only economic cooperation and investment attraction between Europe and USA, but also have great geopolitical importance.
- Kucinskis to ask the agriculture minister to provide explanation on the meeting in Lithuania Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis plans to ask Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs to provide explanations about the meeting that took place in Lithuania not too long ago. The prime minister notes that Latvian ministers regularly meet with their colleagues from neighbouring countries. Such meetings are necessary to enhance mutual cooperation among Baltic States and enhance the development of each country?s national economy, said the prime minister?s press secretary Andrejs Vaivars. Meetings with ministers and heads of different institutions are also usual for officials. Nevertheless, considering the information that has recently surfaced in the public space about Duklavs? involvement in the aforementioned meeting, Kucinskis has decided to ask the minister to provide explanations.