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On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Latvia as you celebrate the 103rd anniversary of your independence.

Latvia is a strong NATO Ally and partner in protecting liberty and freedom around the globe.  The United States values its friendship with Latvia and looks forward to continuing our close cooperation in promoting democracy, advancing human rights, and building more secure and prosperous environments for our citizens. 

We also recognize and applaud Latvia’s journey since 1991, when thousands of Latvians peacefully took to the streets of Riga to defend and restore their nation’s independence.  Thirty years later, we take pride in addressing threats to our security and democracies, together.  In that spirit, we commend you for hosting the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Riga later this month and for your commitments to the Summit for Democracy.  Our shared values and vibrant people-to-people ties will ensure our friendship remains strong and enduring in the years to come.    

On this special day, I send best wishes to all Latvians for a successful year ahead.

U.S. Department of State

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