Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan met with Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks at the Pentagon to reaffirm the relationship between the two nations.
During the bilateral meeting today, Shanahan thanked Pabriks for Latvia's support of NATO's enhanced forward presence mission, hosting the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications and meeting NATO burden-sharing commitments.
The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including efforts to improve interoperability and regional command and control measures, and agreed to continue working on shared security goals resulting from the U.S.-Baltic Summit in 2018.
During the visit, U.S. and Latvian defense officials signed a five-year Defense Cooperation Strategic Roadmap. It identifies specific security cooperation priorities the United States and Latvia agreed to focus on from 2019 to 2024.
Latvia is the second Baltic nation to sign such an agreement. Lithuania signed a similar agreement April 2, 2019.