Iceland–Latvia relations

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Iceland-Latvia relations
Map indicating locations of Iceland and Latvia

Iceland

Latvia

Iceland–Latvia relations are foreign relations between Iceland and Latvia. Iceland was the first country to recognize the independence of Latvia in August 1991.[1] Both countries re-established diplomatic relations on August 22, 1991. Neither country has a resident ambassador. Iceland is represented in Latvia through its embassy in Helsinki (Finland). Latvia is represented in Iceland through its embassy in Oslo (Norway) and an honorary consulate in Reykjavík.

Both countries are full members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, of NATO, and of the Council of Europe.

History

On 9 October 2000 Indulis Bērziņš, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Kornelius Sigmundsson, Ambassador of the Republic of Iceland to Latvia signed the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Latvia and the Government of the Republic of Iceland on Co-operation in the Field of Tourism. Bērziņš pointed out that "this is a new sign in the co-operation between Latvia and Iceland" and expressed the support to Latvia's participation in the NATO and integration into the EU. He also positively evaluated co-operation between Iceland and Latvia in the framework of the United Nations.[2]

In 2006, Icelandair acquired LatCharter Airlines.[3][4]

In January 2009, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers presented letters of accreditation to Latvia's new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iceland, Andris Sekacis noting the close and friendly bilateral relationship between Latvia and Iceland which has remained in place since 1991, when Iceland was the first foreign country in the world to recognize Latvia's independence. The President expressed his hope that Sekacis will make a major investment in ensuring that the relationship between Latvia and Iceland continues to be successful.[1]

State visits

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References

  1. ^ a b "Latvian Ambassador to Iceland Named". Latvia. Retrieved 2009-05-31. .
  2. ^ "Agreement between Latvia and Iceland on Co-operation in the Field of Tourism signed". Latvia. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  3. ^ "Loftleidir Icelandic acquires a minority stake in LatCharter Airlines". Alacra. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  4. ^ "SmartLynx Airlines". SmartLynx Airlines. Retrieved 2009-11-26. Smartlynx is a subsidiary company in the Icelandair Group.
  5. ^ "President Zatlers meets with the Foreign Minister of Iceland". Latvia. Retrieved 2009-11-26. .
  6. ^ "The Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, HE Mrs Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, made an official working visit to Latvia September 8–9". Europrojects. Retrieved 2009-11-26. .
  7. ^ "PMs to meet". Ross Business. 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-31. .
  8. ^ "Icelandic premier compares Latvia to rising tide". LETA. May 25, 2000. I Missing or empty |url= (help)
  9. ^ "Latvian, Icelandic presidents discuss cooperation, NATO expansion". LETA. April 19, 1999. Retrieved 2009-11-26. he ...