New ambassador to Canada to get accreditation

Latvia’s new ambassador to Canada will be among three diplomats receiving letters of accreditation next week from President Valdis Zatlers, the president’s press office has announced.

Marģeris Krams, the new ambassador to Canada, will join his colleagues Atis Sjanītis and Igors Apokins in receiving the letters during ceremonies scheduled Aug. 7 in Rīga.

Krams, 41, since 2002 has served as Latvia’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization. He previously held posts in the Ministry of Agriculture and was an adviser to the prime minister. Besides Latvian, Krams speaks English, French and Russian.

Sjanītis, formerly the ambassador to Canada, is the new ambassador to Ukraine and to Moldova. He replaces Andris Vilcāns.

Apokins is the new nonresident ambassador to Turkmenistan. He already is the ambassador to Uzbekistan, where he resides, as well as to Afghanistan.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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