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Anders Fogh Rasmussen Visits Baltic States on Whirlwind Tour

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a Military Committee Meeting in Brussels 18th January 2012

The UN Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is on a whirlwind tour of Baltic States with stops in Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia at the end of January 2012.

On 19th January, Mr Rasmussen will meet the Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, and Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius as well as other officials from the Seimas.

In the evening, he will deliver a keynote speech at the University of Tallinn in Estonia on “NATO’s Baltic Allies: Punching above their weight”. There he will meet with Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet. In addition, he will meet the Minister of Defence Mart Laar during a visit to the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

On 20th January, the Secretary General will meet Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to discuss the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic States, NATO cyber defense developments, NATO operations in Afghanistan and NATO-Russia relations.

In Riga, he will meet the Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics and Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks to discuss NATO’s air policing of the Baltic states and co-operation with NATO missions.

The Secretary General and Prime Minister Dombrovskis will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Latvia and NATO concerning Cooperation on Cyber Defence. Whilst in Riga, he will undertake a roundtable discussion with young leaders.

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