Eduards Stiprais commenced work as head of European Union delegation to Uzbekistan. Formerly, he worked as under secretary of state and political director of Foreign Ministry of Latvia.

Edward Stiprais has become the third ambassador since the opening of the EU’s diplomatic mission in Tashkent in 2011. Previous EU ambassador was Yuri Sterk from Bulgaria.

“As part of my work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia I visited Tashkent several times. I have always wanted to come back to your beautiful and hospitable country. I am happy that my dream came true, and now I have the opportunity to contribute to the strengthening of relations between the EU and Uzbekistan,” Eduards Stiprais said.

Having started his career in Latian diplomatic service in 1993, he has worked as ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom, head of Bilateral Relations Directorate of the Foreign Ministry, head of Chancery of the President of Latvia, ambassador of Latvia’s Permanent Representative Office to the EU and head of Secretariat of Latvia’s Delegation for Accession Negotiations.

Stiprais was under secretary of state and political director of the Foreign Ministry since 2013. In July 2016, Federica Mogherini, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, announced the appointment of Eduards Stiprais as head of the European Union delegation to Uzbekistan.