Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
The United States played a leading role in the restoration of
Latvia's independence 17 years ago. In 2004, U.S. leadership
was further highlighted when Latvia became an active member of
NATO, one of the most successful security alliances in
history. The U.S. continues to contribute greatly to the
liberty, prosperity and security of the Baltic Sea region.
President Zatlers will share his views on the outcome and impact
of the recent NATO summit in Bucharest. As one of the leaders
who demonstrated unwavering support for the aspirations of Georgia
and Ukraine, President Zatlers actively urged that both countries
be granted formal participation in NATO's Membership Action
Plan. President Zatlers will stress the vital role of the
transatlantic partnership in the 21st Century as well as the need
to advance energy security. Additionally, he will address the
importance of ongoing efforts to modernize and strengthen the U.S.
Visa Waiver Program for enhancing, not only international air
travel security cooperation, but also assuring the continued
advancement of tourism, commerce and international goodwill between
Latvia celebrates the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of
its independence this year. In January 2008, Latvia and the
United States marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of
the U.S.-Baltic Charter of Partnership, which represents our
nations' commitment to common values of liberty, democracy, human
rights and free markets. Today, Latvia and the U.S. are close
allies in addressing global security threats as well as supporting
new democracies in their reform process. April 23-25, 2008
marks the first visit of President Zatlers to the United States
after his inauguration as President of Latvia on July 8, 2007.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Valdis Zatlers
Republic of Latvia
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.