President, PM, officials meeting to discuss situation of Lithuanian troops in Iraq

  • 2020-01-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and officials responsible for foreign and security policy are meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation of Lithuanian troops in Iraq.

Two air bases in Iraq were US and coalition troops are stationed came under missile attacks from Iran last night. Six Lithuanian troops were at one of the bases in Iraq where they train local forces to fight the Islamic State.

According to the Lithuanian presidential office, Nauseda is meeting with Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius and National Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation.

Arnoldas Pikzirnis, a national security adviser for the prime minister, told BNS that Skvernelis met with Robertas Sapronas, the Ministry of National Defense's defense policy director, and Major General Gintautas Zenkevicius, commander of the Defense Staff, earlier in the day.

"They discussed the situation regarding the security of our troops and measures being taken to protect them. The prime minister once again thanked the troops and their families for their contribution to Lithuania and the Alliance's security," Pikzirnis said.

Iran launched ballistic missiles against two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition troops in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani last week.

The Lithuanian troops were unhurt during the attack.