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Commander USCENTCOM praises Lithuania’s contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq
On April 18 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas paid a working visit to the United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command to meet with Commander USCENTCOM General Joseph Votel, Commander USSOCOM General Raymond A. Thomas, President of the Joint Special Operations University Brian Maher, and other officials.
Vice Minister V. Umbrasas thanked for the U.S. contribution to the security of Lithuania, particularly the persistent military presence in Lithuania, and underscored that security challenges can only be tackled through cooperation with the U.S. both in Lithuania and regions of multinational operations.
Commander USCENTCOM General J. Votel recognised Lithuania’s current contribution to the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and highlighted the importance of contributing to training Iraqi forces, particularly special operations forces, in the effort to destroy the terrorist organisation Islamic State in the Middle East at its core.
General J. Votel asserted he understood the situation in Lithuania’s neighbourhood and pointed out that greater Lithuanian involvement in Operation Inherent Resolve would contribute to both, a speedier dismantlement of the Islamic State and closer cooperation among NATO allies.
Lithuanian forces have been contributing six military instructors to Operation Inherent Resolve since February.
At the meetings the U.S. officials presented security situation in operation regions, views were exchanged on the present and prospective participation of Lithuania and other U.S. partners in multinational operations.
V. Umbrasas also attended events marking the 30th anniversary of USSOCOM.
While in the U.S. Vice Minister V. Umbrasas met with representatives of the Lithuanian community in Florida and took interest in the opportunities for Lithuanian manufacturers to take part in the U.S. Armed Forces projects.
Photo: courtesy of USCENTCOM