Parliamentary Secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica calls on U.S. congressmen to continue their strong support for Latvia’s defence

07.11.2019. 16:44

On 7 November 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica met with a United States congressional delegation, which included Congressman Filemon Vela and Congressman Neal Dunn.

During the meeting, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica said that the strong bipartisan support in the United States Congress for Latvia’s security is of great value. The funding approved by the Congress until now for various support programmes has quite visibly facilitated the building of capabilities of the Latvian armed forces.

The Parliamentary Secretary called on the congressmen to continue promoting congressional support for Latvia’s defence through allocation of funding for military exercises and deliveries of military equipment. Latvia has been quite conscientious in the manner it pursues defence investment, and the amount invested annually is now around two percent of GDP.

The U.S. Congressmen confirmed that Latvia could rely on support from the U.S. Congress also in future. During their visit, the Congressmen got a hands-on acquaintance with what Latvia has accomplished to increase its defence capabilities. The development of Camp Ādaži was highly appreciated: the military base currently serves as an important training centre for the armed forces of NATO states. The Congressmen pledged to promote regular visits to the Baltic region.

As part of their stay in Latvia, Congressman Filemon Vela, who serves on the House Committee on Armed Services, and Congressman Neal Dunn, who serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, visited Camp Ādaži and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence as well as meeting with officials from the Ministry of Defence and other institutions.


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