President George Bush and the Republic of Latvia
Jan 19, 2009
By Gustav Plato
From Captive Nation to Strategic Partner. That best sums up the evolving relationship between the United States and the Republic of Latvia. This path has continously evolved since the first days of Latvia's reborn independence.

As other US Presidents, President George Bush was very supportive of Latvia and the other Baltic States during his years in office. He helped Latvia and the Baltics continue on their evolutionary path of independence. As President Bush leaves office, and before we begin the celebrations of the new administration, we thought it most appropriate to reflect on President Bush's own words about the Baltic States that he delivered a little over one year ago.

January 16, 2008

"I send greetings to those celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Partnership Among the United States and the Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

A decade ago, the US-Baltic Charter helped launch the Baltic states toward their goal of becoming full members of Europe and the transatlantic community. By partnering together, our countries demonstrated our commitment to achieve an integrated Europe in which the security and sovereignty of each nation would be realized.

In 2004, the NATO Alliance proudly welcomed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania into the transatlantic community, based on a commitment to freedom, security, justice, human rights, and free markets. Europe is now closer to being whole and free, and the success of these nations gives hope and support to all those who seek to lift themselves from fear and oppression.

On this occasion, we appreciate the peoples of the Baltic states who endured tyranny and struggled for independence. They earned their freedom through courage and perseverance, and today they stand with us as partners in this great alliance, contributing to our common security.

Laura and I send our best wishes on this important anniversary. May God bless you."

LatCham thanks you for your support for the Baltic States and we wish you and your family the best in the future and hope that you continue to have many opportunities to be a steadfast friend of Latvia and the Baltics.

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