Latvian diplomat Aina Nagobads-Ābols has passed away at the age of 101, Foreign Ministry said September 29.
Nagobads-Ābols was one of the first Latvian diplomats in the early 90s after the restoration of independence. She has been the Latvian ambassador for France, Portugal, and Spain. From 1992 to 2000 she was the Latvian permanent representative at UNESCO.
“We have received sad news from Paris. The excellent Latvian patriot and diplomat Aina Nagobads-Ābols has passed away. Her wisdom and charm inspired everyone who knew her. Sincerest condolences to Aina Nagobads-Ābols’ relatives and friends,” Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs wrote on Twitter.
Šodien saņēmām skumju vēsti no Parīzes. Mūžībā devusies izcilā Latvijas patriote un diplomāte Aina Nagobads-Ābols. Viņa iemiesoja Latvijas diplomātijas gadsimtu. Viņas viedums un šarms iedvesmoja visus, kas viņu pazina. Visdziļākā līdzjūtība Ainas Nagobads-Ābols tuviniekiem pic.twitter.com/JBilbRUxcO — Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 29, 2021
Aina Nagobads-Ābols has been awarded high state decorations in Latvia, France and Portugal. In 2019, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs awarded her the first-ever prize for lifetime contribution to foreign politics.