On Monday, 28 March, MPs from various committees of the Saeima met with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, in NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, in order to discuss topical issues on the Alliance’s agenda.
During the visit to the NATO headquarters, MPs also met with Dirk Brengelmann, NATO Assistant Secretary General, and Michael Rühle, Head of the Energy Security Section of the Emerging Security Challenges Division led by Gabor Iklody, NATO Assistant Secretary General, as well as other NATO officials.
During the visit, both parties discussed future challenges and capacities of the Alliance after the Lisbon Summit, at which NATO’s new Strategic Concept was adopted. They also discussed NATO’s role in the 21st century and its ability to adapt to emerging security challenges. The discussion also covered planning of NATO’s security policy, partnership policy and NATO’s operation in Afghanistan.
The Saeima delegation included Gundars Daudze, Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the National Security Committee; Ainars Latkovskis, Chairman of the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee; Ojārs Kalniņš, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Jānis Reirs, Chairman of the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee; as well as Jānis Dombrava, Iveta Grigule, Ivans Klementjevs, Visvaldis Lācis, Igors Pimenovs, Uģis Rotbergs, Kārlis Seržants, Staņislavs Šķesters and Didzis Zemmers, who are members of these committees.
The visit by MPs to the NATO headquarters was arranged on the initiative of the Alliance. Travel, accommodation and transportation expenses were fully covered by the host.
Saeima Press Service