Ambassador Alda Vanaga: Latvia is Ready to Contribute to Strengthening International Security

Celebration of Latvia’s Independence Highlights Commitment to Global Peace

May 22nd, 2024
Snejana Melnic, News from Berlin
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On May 4, 2024, the Latvian Embassy in Germany hosted a solemn event to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the Declaration of the Restoration of Latvia’s Independence. Ambassador Alda Vanaga emphasized Latvia’s readiness to contribute to international security policy during the event, reflecting the nation’s maturity and resilience.

In her address, Ambassador Vanaga highlighted Latvia’s unique historical experiences, having endured Nazi and Soviet occupations. “Latvia’s experience, gained by surviving the Nazi and Soviet occupations for several decades, is especially useful in the current difficult geopolitical conditions. Our knowledge of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes could be a valuable contribution to strengthening the international security system,” she stated.

The event saw the presence of distinguished guests, including representatives from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other ministries and municipal officials, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Germany, representatives of the Latvian diaspora, and various cooperation partners of the Latvian embassy.

A group of 30 musicians and the Berlin Latvian Choir performed Latvian musical pieces, enriching the celebration and adding a cultural dimension to the solemn occasion.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. It was part of the public diplomacy program supporting Latvia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council. This campaign, aimed at securing a successful election in the 2025 elections for the 2026-2027 term, is crucial for Latvia, which is vying for an elected member seat for the first time under the motto “Together for peace and resilience.”

Ambassador Vanaga underscored that membership in the UN Security Council would be a pivotal tool for advancing and defending Latvia’s foreign policy interests. It would also facilitate the expansion of Latvia’s international cooperation, contributing significantly to global peace and stability.

As Latvia aspires to join the UN Security Council, events like this underline its commitment to fostering international security and resilience, drawing on its rich historical experience and dedication to global peace.


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