Click to enlargepadCharge D'Affairs Stuart Seldowitz meets Society of Latvian Political Deportees

On Monday, October 29, Charge D'Affairs Stuart Seldowitz met with representatives from the Society of Latvian Political Deportees. During the meeting the society representatives Peteris Simsons, Ilmars Knagis, Janis Lauva, Dagnija Liepina, Ruta Ozolina, Ivars Kalkis presented a note of thanks to the U.S. Congress, the American people, and especially President Bush for the recently unveiled Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington D.C. The Latvian political deportees also shared their stories of how they were deported and spoke about their lives upon returning to Latvia.

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Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.

I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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