President Obama accredits Latvia's new US ambassador, praises Latvia's support of TTIP agreement

  • 2016-09-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

RIGA - The new Latvian Ambassador to the United States Andris Teikmanis met with President Barack Obama at the White House this week, during which Obama verified the United States' resolute commitment to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, and commended Latvia's support of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP).

As BNS learned from the Foreign Ministry, the president also applauded Latvia on earning its OECD membership earlier this year.

During the meeting, the ambassador stressed the historically close relations between the two nations, the extensive bilateral co-operation, as well as strategic ties as NATO allies. Teikmanis also asserted his intention to maintain strong dialogue between Latvia and the United States on key global and security policy issues.

President Obama once again verified the United States' unfaltering commitment to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

Additionally, the US president underscored that Latvia and the United States are close allies, and promised to keep implementing the decisions made during US Vice-President Joe Biden's recent visit to Latvia.

Teikmanis is a former Foreign Ministry state secretary and has served as Latvia's ambassador to several nations, most recently the United Kingdom.

He has replaced Andris Razans as Latvia's ambassador to the United States.