VILNIUS – Active involvement of Lithuanian troops in international operations contributes to Lithuania’s security, President Gitanas Nauseda has said.
“Acting together with allies and partners, we gain valuable experience and send good signals about the professionalism and excellent preparedness of our troops. Active involvement in international operations also contributes to the security of our country,” a press release from the presidential office quoted him as saying.
On Tuesday, the president discussed the participation of Lithuanian troops in international operations during a meeting with Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas and Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys.
According to Nauseda, participation in international operations also consolidates the role of Lithuania as an active contributor to global security and a reliable ally.
The participants of the meeting discussed involvement in certain international operations and missions and their results. They also talked about NATO’s mission in Afghanistan and ongoing discussions about its fate.
The current mandate from the Seimas, effective until December 31, 2021, allows Lithuanian military and civil defense personnel to participate in up to 11 international operations and missions.
Lithuania currently has troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Ukraine, Mali, the Central African Republic as well as participating in naval operations in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
At the end of the year, the State Defense Council chaired by the president will decide on the participation of Lithuanian military and civil defense personnel in international operations and missions in 2022–2023.