A NATO heads of state summit will in fact take place in Rīga next year, Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga announced Dec. 7, confirming long-running hopes of political leaders.
Leaders of the defense alliance meeting in Brussels have given the go-ahead for the summit, the president said during a press conference. A firm date has not been determined, but it will be in November.
“It will give us another opportunity together with our partners—Estonia, Lithuania and the other NATO member states—to use Rīga as a venue of debates about the very essence of NATO, about the improvement of its work and about the future prospects of NATO as an alliance,” the president said.
Latvia formally became a member of NATO in March 2004.
The U.S. ambassador to Latvia, Catherine Todd Bailey, congratulated Latvia on news of the selection.
“From President Vīķe-Freiberga on down, I know that many, many Latvians have worked very hard for many months to ensure that today’s announcement was a positive one,” she said in a prepared statement. “I’m also certain that their excellent work will continue and will make the November 2006 NATO summit an extremely successful one for all the NATO allies.”
(UPDATED 07 DEC 2005)
© 1995-2023 Latvians Online
Please contact us for editorial queries, or for permission to republish material. Disclaimer: The content of Web sites to which Latvians Online provides links does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Latvians Online, its staff or its sponsors.