As long as the invitation by the Iraqi government is in place, Latvia will not recall its soldiers from Iraq - president

  • 2020-01-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvian soldiers are in Iraq at the moment by invitation of the government of that country to take part in a mission to fight Daesh, so Latvia has no reason to withdraw its troops as long as this invitation, President Egils Levits told members of the press after a meeting with Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) today.

The president said the decision to withdraw troops could be made if there is a radical change to the security situation in Iraq changed, but this remains a military matter. Meanwhile, Karins said that the most important thing is the safety of the soldiers, which ''will be the main priority".

Speaking about the conflict between the United States and Iran, the president emphasized that neither side wanted to escalate or exacerbate the situation. "I think the conflict will not be escalated anymore, and there are diplomatic ways in which the conflict between the two sides can be mitigated," Levits added.