Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan met with Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks at the Pentagon to reaffirm the connection between the two countries.
Amid the reciprocal gathering today, Shanahan expressed gratitude toward Pabriks for Latvia’s help of NATO’s upgraded forward nearness mission, facilitating the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications and meeting NATO trouble sharing responsibilities.
The pioneers talked about a wide scope of barrier issues, including endeavors to improve interoperability and territorial order and control measures, and consented to keep chipping away at shared security objectives coming about because of the U.S.- Baltic Summit in 2018.
Amid the visit, U.S. what’s more, Latvian resistance authorities marked a five-year Defense Cooperation Strategic Roadmap. It distinguishes explicit security participation needs the United States and Latvia consented to concentrate on from 2019 to 2024.
Latvia is the second Baltic country to consent to such an arrangement. Lithuania consented to a comparable arrangement April 2, 2019.
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Barrier authorities said that Latvia is a solid and dependable partner of the United States in the group worldwide exertion to stop savagery and fanaticism. It is available in the critical clash territories around the globe, including the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa.
Latvia is a dedicated accomplice inside NATO and works broadly to advance fortifying its security and protection capacities, barrier authorities said. Latvia accomplished NATO’s 2% total national output spending duty in 2018 and its authorities have voiced their responsibility to supporting those spending rates.
The connection among Latvia and the Michigan National Guard is a standout amongst the best instances of the State Partnership Program, resistance authorities said. Spreading over 25 years, the organization persistently investigates and ventures into new regions of collaboration, the authorities said.
Latvia has given host-country backing to Operation Atlantic Resolve since 2014, and has facilitated a U.S. rotational wing avionics separation at Lielvarde Air Base since 2014.
Latvia is one of just seven nations guaranteed to bring in U.S. airstrikes, barrier authorities noted. The Baltic country has its very own prepared joint terminal assault controllers and trains other NATO-country JTACs.