On 10 October 2018, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, met with Deputy Permanent Representatives of Albania, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain to the North Atlantic Alliance, who had arrived in Latvia to visit the military contingent of their countries based in the country under the NATO enhanced Forward Presence.
During the conversation, Andris Pelšs expressed gratitude for the military presence of the contributing nations as part of the NATO battlegroup, which is providing significant contribution to strengthening security both in Latvia and across a broader region. The State Secretary welcomed Canada’s commitment to act as a framework nation for the NATO battlegroup deployed in Latvia until 2023 and noted the high professional standards demonstrated by troops from the contributing nations.
The representatives of the allied nations expressed thanks for the service conditions ensured to NATO troops in Latvia and committed themselves to continued involvement in NATO deterrence and defence measures in the region. Andris Pelšs confirmed that Latvia as a host nation would further ensure full support for NATO forces and for the Alliance in its activities of countering threats and challenges from both the east and the south.
The group of the eight Deputy Permanent Representatives of the NATO member states is visiting Latvia on 9 and 10 October. The programme of their stay includes a visit to the Ādaži base and meetings with officials from the Ministry of Defence and experts from the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. On a previous visit of this kind, Latvia welcomed Ambassadors and military representatives to NATO from the countries contributing to the NATO battlegroup.
Allied troops were deployed to Latvia as part of the NATO battlegroup in 2017. The decision to station NATO battlegroups in the Baltic States and Poland was made at the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit in response to the changing security environment.
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