May 19, 2012
Latvian President Andris Bērziņš is on a three-day visit to Chicago to attend the NATO defense alliance summit and to meet with the local Latvian community, according to his press office.
He was scheduled to meet May 18 with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as well as with Māris Riekstiņš, Latvia’s ambassador to NATO, and with Andrejs Pildegovičs, the ambassador to the United States.
The president also was to take part in the opening of an exhibit of contemporary Latvian art in the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., Chicago.
Saturday morning, May 19, Bērziņš is scheduled to meet with the Latvian community in the Chicago area. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Zion Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church, 6551 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago. Admission is USD 15, but students will be admitted free of charge.
On May 20 and 21, Bērziņš will participate in various NATO summit events. Other Latvian officials are traveling with Bērziņš, including Foreign Minster Edgars Rinkēvičs.
The president is due to return to Latvia on May 22.