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Portuguese contribution to Lithuania’s security
Tuesday, August 29, Kaunas – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal. At the meeting, the Presidents discussed European and regional security situation, cooperation in NATO, enhancing energy security in the EU and other key matters of the European agenda as well as the development of bilateral relations.
According to the President, despite being distant geographically, Portugal is close to Lithuania because of its determination and firm commitment to NATO’s collective defense. Portuguese troops that rotate in Lithuania are a model of Alliance’s unity contributing to our national and regional security.
In the course of implementation of NATO’s security measures, Portugal has commissioned its rotational troops and equipment to Lithuania for already the third time. It has also engaged in air policing mission in the Baltic countries thrice and intends to take it up again in 2018. Portuguese troops take an active part in international military exercises in Lithuania. Portugal has commissioned its representatives to NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius, while Portuguese vessels help maintaining security in the Baltic Sea.
According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania and Portugal share understanding on EU energy policy. Both Lithuania and Portugal operate LNG terminals that contribute to diversification of energy resources in the entire EU. We feel Portugal‘s understanding and strong support for Lithuania’s position regarding threats posed by Astravyets nuclear power plant.
The Presidents also discussed closer EU cooperation in defense, response to migration challenges, the process of Brexit negotiations and other key matters of the European agenda.
Promotion of bilateral relations was also discussed at the meeting. Portugal is very close to Lithuanians as it is the most popular destination among Lithuanian students and lecturers participating in the Erasmus exchange program. Lithuanian filmmakers often attend cinema events organized in Portugal. Economic cooperation between Lithuania and Portugal has a huge potential, notably, in the areas of food, chemical industry and high technologies.
Following the meeting in Kaunas, the President of Portugal will visit Portuguese troops deployed in Tauragė.
Press Service of the President
Last updated 2017.08.29 12:58