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On 19 September 2016, Ambassador Eduards Stiprais started his work as the Head of the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan. He previously occupied the post of the Undersecretary of State and Political Director at the Latvian Foreign Ministry. Eduards Stiprais is the third EU Ambassador to Uzbekistan since opening of the Delegation in this country in 2011. He replaced at this post Ambassador Yuri Sterk from Bulgaria.
"As part of my work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia I visited Tashkent several times. I wished to come back to your beautiful and hospitable country again. And I am sincerely happy that my dream has come true. Now I have a chance to make a personal contribution to strengthening relationships between the EU and Uzbekistan. I'm looking forward to working productively with our Uzbek partners on a range of issues of bilateral cooperation, and having interesting meetings with remarkable people living here," - said Ambassador Stiprais in his first video address posted at the Delegation's page on Facebook.
Eduards Stiprais has worked for the Latvian Diplomatic Service since 1993. He has worked as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Director-General of the Bilateral Relations Directorate, Head of the Chancery of the President of Latvia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union, as well as serving as Head of the Secretariat of Latvia’s Delegation for Accession Negotiations. Since 2013Eduards Stiprais has been Under Secretary of State and Political Director of the Foreign Ministry.
In July 2016, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced the appointment of Eduards Stiprais as Head of the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan.
Ambassador Stiprais has received the Order of Three Stars, as well as decorations of Ukraine, Norway and France. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Latvia, and also trained at the National School of Administration of France and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.