On 11-12 July 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will take part in the NATO Summit in Brussels, which is expected to further strengthen the Alliance’s defence and deterrence capabilities in response to conventional and hybrid threats. It is in Latvia’s interests to ensure that the summit decisions further enhance NATO presence in our region and follow up on the work begun at the Wales Summit in 2014 and the Warsaw Summit in 2016. The Brussels Summit is also set to consider further steps in ensuring defence, the fight against terrorism, and cooperation with partner countries.
Alongside the working sessions, Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in a separate meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs devoted to cooperation with the Alliance’s southern partners. During the NATO Summit, the Foreign Minister is also to participate in a meeting of the Global Coalition to defeat ISIL/Daesh, which will be held on the initiative of the United States Secretary of State and NATO Secretary General.