The Turkish government was represented by State Minister Egemen Bağış, who is the country’s chief European Union negotiator, and Environment Minister Veysel Eroğlu at the reception, held at Swissôtel Ankara.
The Republic of Latvia declared its independence on Nov. 18, 1918. The diplomatic relationship between Turkey and Latvia dates back to a “Friendship Treaty” of January 1925, with Turkey refusing to recognize the annexation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union in 1944. Relations between the two countries were revitalized with a Common Declaration in 1991 after Latvia regained its independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A full member of the European Union since May 2004, Latvia supports Turkey’s EU membership process.