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Iceland’s top security, defence and military affairs official A. Sigurjónsson is conducting his first official visit in Lithuania
On March 17 Director of Security and Defence Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland (the highest security, defence and military affairs of Iceland, equivalent to the chief of defence) Arnór Sigurjónsson is conducting his first formal visit to Lithuania.
The guest is planned to officially meet with Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, and other representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces at the Ministry of National Defence and Chief of Defence’s Office. The guest will proceed to the Joint Staff to meet with its representatives and with the leadership and military personnel serving with the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) based in the same building.
A. Sigurjónsson will be briefed on the security situation in our region, capabilities and plans for their development of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and will receive analysis of information threats. Prospects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and the implementation of U.S. and NATO deterrence and defence enhancement measures in Lithuania will also be discussed at the meetings.
Iceland and Lithuania cooperate in security and defence area in multinational formats: NATO and NB8. Just like other Baltic states, Lithuania is seeking a closer cooperation with the Nordic countries, including Iceland, too through the practical cooperation format NORDEFCO (Nordic Defence Cooperation).
Iceland does not have national armed forces but has a role in shaping regional security environment, contributes funds and civilian personnel to NATO operations. In 2005-2007 Iceland was contributing a Mobile Liaison and Observation Team (MLOT) of six members to the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghor province, Afghanistan. Also, an Icelandic civilian specialist was helping with development cooperation projects in Ghor.
For the Media: the guest will be formally welcomed at 9.30-9.40 hrs in front of the ministry of National Defence (Totorių str. 25) (video and photo opportunities, no prior registration).
Photo source: www.nato.int
POC: Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major Mindaugas Neimontas, 00370 5 278 5091, 00370 682 25359, e-mail: [email protected]