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Edgars Rink?vi?s (born 21 September 1973) is a Latvian politician and official, being the current Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia. He is a member of the Unity party.

Early life and education

Rink?vi?s was educated at high school in J?rmala, before completing a bachelor's degree at the University of Latvia in History and Philosophy (1995). He then received a master's degree in political science in 1997, followed by another master's degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.


In 1993, Rink?vi?s started work as a journalist reporting on foreign policy and international relations at Latvian Radio. In 1995 he took up a post at the Ministry of Defence, becoming the Director of his internal department the following year. In May 1997 he became Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy, and then subsequently the Secretary of State.[1]

Between 1998 and 2004, Rink?vi?s was a member of the "Latvian Way" political party. In February 1998, he became involved with discussion on the US-Baltic Partnership Charter; and from 2002 to 2003 was a member of the Latvian delegation negotiating accession to NATO (Deputy Head of Delegation). By 2011, he was appointed as Head of Chancery to the President of Latvia. In October of the same year, Rink?vi?s joined Valdis Dombrovskis' government as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In January 2012, his party formally entered into a governing alliance with the Zatlers' Reform Party. In 2014 he stood in parliamentary elections, and was elected to parliament; again serving as Foreign Minister in Laimdota Straujuma's second government.[1]

On November 6, 2014, he publicly announced on his Twitter profile that he is gay.[2][3] This made him the first lawmaker in Latvia to announce he is gay, as well as the most prominent openly gay politician in a former Soviet Bloc state at the time.[4]

He was confirmed as minister of foreign affairs in the cabinets of M?ris Ku?inskis (2016-19) and Arturs Kri?j?nis Kari (since 2019).

Political positions

Rink?vi?s said he welcomed the news about the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain.[5]

Rink?vi?s expressed deep concern over the escalation of hostilities in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately halt fighting and progress towards a peaceful resolution.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Kroet, Cynthia (18 December 2014). "Edgars Rink?vi?s: Latvia's foreign minister". Politico. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Foreign Minister 'Proud to be gay'". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Latvia's foreign minister comes out as gay". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 2014-11-07. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Potts, Andrew (7 November 2014). "Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has come out as gay on Twitter". Gay Star News. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Rink?vi?s, Edgars [@edgarsrinkevics] (12 September 2020). "I welcome the news about the establishment of full diplomatic relations between #Israel and #Bahrain, it will foster peace and stability in the region. I applaud the role of the United States for efforts to facilitate the normalisation of Israel-Bahrain relations" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Lithuanian, Latvian FMs concerned over Armenia's large-scale provocation against Azerbaijan". Trend News Agency. 27 September 2020. Archived from the original on 29 September 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
?irts Valdis Kristovskis
Minister of Foreign Affairs

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