U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia to the White House, as part of the Administration’s continuing consultations with our European allies, it was announced late Friday.
The Office of the Vice President said in a statement that Biden thanked Latvia’s President for “substantial contributions to our common effort in Afghanistan, including through the sacrifices made by its troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force and through its pivotal role in the Northern Distribution Network.”
The statement added that the two leaders exchanged views “on European security and their recent visits to Russia, and agreed on the importance of expanding our cooperation with Russia.”
“The leaders also praised the Baltic American Freedom Foundation and agreed on the importance of people-to-people contacts between the United States and Latvia,” the statement affirmed.
The statement indicated that Biden received “the Order of Three Stars from President Zatlers, Latvia’s highest honor, and expressed his commitment for continuing our strong bilateral relations.