Latvia’s newest ambassador to Canada, Marģers Krams, has presented his letter of accreditation to Canadian Gov. General Michaëlle Jean, according to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In an Oct. 2 ceremony in Ottawa, both officials discussed the two countries’ cooperation, especially in their military missions in Afghanistan. Jean noted the success of last year’s visit to Canada by now former President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, as well as cooperation between the University of Latvia and the Université de Montréal.
In her discussion with Krams, the issue of establishing visa-free travel from Latvia to Canada also was addressed. The European Union’s top justice official recently threatened Canada with retaliation if it fails to move on the issue of visa-free travel for the EU’s newest members, including Latvia. Franco Frattini in September told journalists that Canadian travelers could face introduction of visa requirements if their country does not act soon, according to media reports.
Krams told Jean that one of his duties will be to strengthen Latvia’s contact with the Latvian community in Canada.
Krams replaces Atis Sjanītis, who now is Latvia’s ambassador to Ukraine and Moldova. Krams is Latvia’s fourth ambassador to Canada.
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