New Latvian ambassador gets U.S. approval

The U.S. State Department has accepted the appointment of Andrejs Pildegovičs as Latvia’s newest ambassdor in Washington, D.C., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced April 4.

Pildegovičs will replace Māris Riekstiņš, who left in January to become chief of staff for Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis. Riekstiņš had been ambassador for just over two years.

Pildegovičs, who was born in 1971, since July 2006 has served as head of the chancery for President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. He previously has been foreign affairs adviser to the president as well as spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The new ambassador has studied in St. Petersburg, Russia; in Beijing, China; at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and at the University of Oxford.

During the transition, Māris Selga, chargé d’affaire, has been directing operations in the embassy.

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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