President of the Republic of Lithuania

The role of national parliaments: crucial for collective defense

2018-09-07

Friday, September 7, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Rasa Juknevičienė, who is about to start her term of office as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and David Hobbs, Secretary General of the Assembly. 

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an inter-parliamentary forum of member countries, which aims to address key political, security and economic issues as well as contribute to finding joint collective defense solutions.

Today’s meeting focused on regional and transatlantic security challenges, global geopolitical tensions, further strengthening of transatlantic relations, and NATO’s defense matters.

According to the President, the role of the Lithuanian and other national parliaments is extremely significant to the security of the entire Alliance. It is national parliaments that make final decisions on greater defense funding and security measures. By strengthening the defense capacity of every member state, NATO’s collective defense is strengthened as well.

President Grybauskaitė said that the NATO Parliamentary Assembly played an important international role in explaining and raising awareness of security threats, hybrid warfare and attempts to influence democratic processes.

The President highlighted that we had a shared interest in a stronger, faster and more effective Alliance that is capable to effectively deter and promptly respond to any threat. Therefore, reports and policy recommendations by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly should contribute in a major way to the analysis of emerging threats, implementation of collective response measures and continued renewal of the Alliance.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.09.10 09:21

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