“His professionalism, deep knowledge, intelligence, humanity will always remain in our memory,” writes Mūrniece on social networks, “the deepest sympathy to loved ones.”
The informant told LETA that this morning, due to Kalniņš’s deep knowledge and erudition, she urged a politician to attend a meeting in Saeima with Estonian President Alars Kariss and the deputy did not refuse and attended the meeting. The Speaker of the Saeima notes that he and Kalniņš had just visited Sweden, where the 30th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries was being celebrated.
President Egils Levits and a number of other Latvian politicians and officials have also expressed condolences to Kalniņš’s relatives. “Ojār, your contribution remains written in golden letters in the history of Latvia,” Levits writes.
Kalnins was born on October 22, 1949 in Munich, in a refugee camp, but later came with his parents to Chicago, USA.
In the US, Kalnins received his higher education in philosophy, later working in advertising agencies. Before moving to Latvia, he was an activist of the American Latvian Association and the World Association of Free Latvians.
In 1991, Kalnins began working for the Latvian Embassy in the United States, and in 1993 he was appointed Ambassador to the United States. In 1999 he graduated as a diplomat and became the director of the Latvian Institute, holding this position until he entered politics.
In 2010, Kalnins entered the politics of the party association “Vienotība” and was elected for various Saeima terms. In 2018, Kalniņš was also selected from the list of “New Unity” after the 13th Saeima, where he worked in the Committees on Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Public Expenditure and Control.
He was elected for the Saeima from the Riga constituency, where Kārlis Šadurskis, who currently works in the Riga City Council, Rihards Kozlovskis, who won the mandate of a Saeima deputy while Edgars Rinkēvičs as minister serves, is followed by Zanda Kalniņa -Lukaševica and Alexei Loskutov.
Kalnins has been awarded the Order of the Three Stars.