As the Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government approaches, several delegations of NATO Member States will visit Riga in July in order to discuss topical issues regarding organization of NATO Summit.
Romanian and Polish delegations visited Riga on July 17th and 18th, on July 25th representatives from Turkey and on July 26th – a task group from Italy are to arrive in Riga. Representatives from the United Kingdom have already visited Latvia, while visits of delegations from Canada, Norway and Estonia are planned for September.
"... At the end of November, Riga will host a Summit meeting of NATO’s Heads of State and Government. The Riga Summit will consolidate and reinforce the evolution of NATO to continue to defend the interests and values of its member states, of course maintaining the Article V commitment at its heart. In this very city the leaders of NATO nations will further shape the Alliance in view of 21st century challenges."
Today, thousands of young uniformed men and women from 37 countries -- NATO nations and our partner countries -- are putting their lives on the line far away from home, in Afghanistan. The Taliban, drug lords and common criminals have all stepped up their attacks on our troops, on the Afghan government, and on ordinary Afghan men, women and children. And all with one aim: to drive us away, and put the clock back to 2001.
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer,
NATO Secretary General
In July 14 NATO Secretary General visits Latvia. In the framework of the visit the Secretary General will acquaint himself with the preparation process of the upcoming Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Latvia at the end of November, as well as meet with the highest officials of Latvia in order to discuss issues concerning organization and content of the Summit.
More detailed information about opportunities for media during the visit of the NATO Secretary General is available here.
The political preparations for the November NATO Summit in Riga, Latvia, were the focus of a visit by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to Athens on 7 July. More
"The First Baltic Channel" welcomes all NATO Riga Summit delegates in Latvia. We are convinced that security, stability and democracy are essential preconditions for thriving economy.
We believe that NATO Riga Summit will further anchor Latvia among democratic nations and will serve as an important incentive for establishing new business contacts. "
- Armands Gutmanis,
Counselor for development to the Chairman of the board,
First Baltic Channel