New Latvian President meets Secretary General
The newly appointed President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, met Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, at NATO Headquarters on 17 July. They
discussed Latvia’s participation in NATO operations and missions, and
other important security issues.
Speaking to the press afterwards, the Secretary General praised Latvia
as a “staunch Ally”. The country’s active support for operations in Afghanistan
and Kosovo and participation in NATO’s Training Mission in Iraq demonstrate
that Latvia is not just a “consumer of security
but also an exporter of security,” he said.
Apart from the situation in Afghanistan and Kosovo,
a key topic of discussion was Russia’s announcement of a "suspension" of
its participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty.
However, both the President and the Secretary General underlined that
the decision represented no threat to the security of Latvia or other