|Posted by Central and East European Coalition on August 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
On 7 August, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs met with a delegation of the United States Congressional delegation, led by Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary thanked the U.S. for ensuring military presence and regular military exercises in the region, and highlighted successful strategic partnership between Latvia and the U.S. both at the bilateral level and in NATO.
Congressman Rohrabacher affirmed the unwavering commitment of the U.S. to the Baltic States’ security. He pointed out that the international community must also cooperate more actively in the fight against global terrorism, which is currently the main threat to peace and security in the world.
The conversation also addressed regional and international security, including the implementation of the decisions made at the NATO Summit in Wales, the developments in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, the fight against global terrorism and the European Union’s cooperation with the Eastern Partnership member states.
The US Congressional delegation had arrived in Latvia as part of a regional visit. The delegation also included Congressman Stephen Cohen, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice at the House Committee on the Judiciary. While in Latvia, the Congressmen met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the State Border Guard, as well as visiting the Ādaži military base to meet U.S. troops. The U.S. Congressmen are also visiting Austria, Belarus, Russia, Estonia and Lithuania.
This was the second U.S. Congressional delegation to arrive in Latvia within a week. On 5 August, our country welcomed a U.S. Congressional delegation, led by Rob Wittman, a member of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee. U.S. Congressmen had meetings with members of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), the Minister of Economy, the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Defence. The delegation also visited the Ādaži military base to meet U.S. troops currently stationed in Latvia.