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Italy and Latvia

As members of the EU and NATO, Italy and Latvia share a clear world view based on human rights and the aspiration for a rule-based international order.

Foto: Palazzo Chigi
Incontro Meloni-Rinkēvičs a Roma, 16 maggio 2024. Foto: Palazzo Chigi

Relations between our two Countries have been historically intense since Latvia regained its independence in 1991, but – as noted by the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during her visit in Riga on 10 July 2023 – the relationship between Rome and Riga is now experiencing an extremely positive phase. From political affairs to security, from culture to the economy, from research to innovation – in every area, the dialogue between Italy and Latvia is growing and is heading in the direction of greater exchange, interaction and growth.

Gen. Figliuolo and the Italian troops in Camp Adazi. Photo credit: Task Group Baltic.

From the political point of view, Riga and Rome are aligned on many fronts, first of all our shared support to Ukraine against the unjustified and illegal aggression by the Russian Federation. The daily activity of the 260 Italian soldiers deployed in Latvia within the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group “Latvia” of NATO is the most significant evidence of the closeness between our two countries.

In this Section you will find information about the economic, scientific and cultural relations between Italy and Latvia. Below you can find more information about our military presence in Latvia and some historical data on our political relationships.