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  • From left: DCM Hudson-Dean and Ambassador Pekala(U.S. Department of State)

    Ambassador Pekala says farewell to Embassy staff and welcomes new Deputy Chief of Mission Sharon Hudson-Dean.

  • From left: Ambassador Pekala addressing the guests (U.S. Department of State)

    Ambassador Pekala hosts reception to congratulate this year's fellowships recipients.

  • USS Oscar Austin crew at work  (U.S. Department of State)

    Crew from the USS Oscar Austin visited patients and cleaned up a warehouse at the Children’s University Hospital.

  • From left: Ambassador Pekala and Minister Vilks(U.S. Department of State)

    Ambassador Mark Pekala and Latvian Minister of Finance Andris Vilks signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act to promote transparency between the two nations.

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    Soldiers from 173rd Airborne Brigade hauling wood with both hands and big hearts to keep the Zvannieki children's home warm next winter.

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  • U.S. and Latvian Officials to Jointly Open Reconstructed Kurzeme Regional Dispatch Center in Kuldīga

    The new Dispatch Center is located in the renovated Kuldīga city hospital building and will operate 24-hours per day, serving 262,000 residents of the Kurzeme region. Funding of 991,012.29 USD for the reconstruction was provided by the U.S. European Command’s Civic Engagement Program and implemented by the U.S. Embassy Riga Office of Defense Cooperation.  

  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the President's Travel to Estonia

    President Obama will visit the Republic of Estonia in early September to further enhance the strong relations between the two countries, and to affirm America's commitment to our Baltic allies. The President will also meet with the three Baltic presidents -- President Ilves, President Berzins of Latvia, and President Grybauskaite of Lithuania -- to discuss ongoing cooperation on regional security. 

  • U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Fulbright Fellowship Program

    Recipients of the Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship will study at a U.S. university for one year, and recipients of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program will conduct research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States.  

  • U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Humphrey Fellowship Program

    The Humphrey Program provides mid-career Latvians with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in a specialized year of graduate-level, non-degree academic course work, and professional development activities at selected U.S. universities. Programs are individually designed to include course work, independent projects, internships, consultations with U.S. experts, and special seminars.  

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