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U.S. Ambassador Departs for Two-Day Visit to Latgale

Riga, August 26, 2011
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On Monday, August 29, the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Judith Garber, will start a two-day visit to Latgale, during which she will travel to Rezekne to donate new equipment to Latvian Border Guard authorities and meet with local officials, as well as representatives of Rezekne’s old believer community. In Daugavpils, she will visit the American Corner and the Daugavpils Detention and Refugee Center. She will also have lunch with young leaders and university representatives in Daugavpils.

The U.S. Government’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Assistance Program will provide the new equipment, valued at $37,000. This initiative, which promotes the development and implementation of strategic trade and related border control systems that meet international standards, will also fund upcoming training for Latvian officials working in these areas.

The EXBS program focuses on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by enforcing export control regimes and by detecting and interdicting illicit technology transfers. The initiative also brings together national policymakers and technical experts to share information and establish best practices. For more on EXBS, please see this link:


Media are welcome to cover the equipment hand-off ceremony on Monday, August 29 at Rezekne State Border Guards College, Zovoloko Street 8. The event will start at 11:30 and there will be Joint Press Availability at 12:00.

To apply for credentials, please contact Viktorija Kuprinska at the State Border Guards College till August 29, 10.00: 64603674, e-mail: