Visit by H.E. Mr Egils Levits, the President of the Republic of the Latvia

On 5th November, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) was honoured by the visit of H.E. Mr Egils Levits, the President of the Republic of Latvia. The President was accompanied by Mr Raimonds Jansons, Ambassador of Latvia to Estonia, Mr Andris Teikmanis, Head of the Chancery of the President of Republic of Latvia, Ms Irēna Kucina, Deputy Head of the Chancellery - Head of the Office of the Adviser to the President, Adviser to the President on Justice and EU Legal Policy, Ms Solveiga Silkalna, Foreign Affairs Adviser to the President and Ms Aiva Rozenberga, Adviser to the President for Public Relations.

The Latvian delegation was also accompanied by the Estonian representatives - Mr Arti Hilpus, Ambassador of Estonia to Latvia and Ms Maarja Kask, Desk Officer for Latvia and Baltic Cooperation, Division for Northern and Central Europe, Department for European Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The high level guests were welcomed by the Commandant Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm together with the members of College Leadership, and BALTDEFCOL’s Latvian staff members and students.

During the visit, Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm along with the members of the College Management Group provided a briefing introducing the College as regional Professional Military Education organisation. The specific focus was on the courses and on ongoing developments to deliver quality military educational in order to meet the enduring defence and security needs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

After the briefing session, the President had a meeting with Latvian Staff members and the students of the Joint Command and General Staff Course.

The visit was part of the President’s tour to South-Estonia. He also meet with Estonian President H.E. Mr Alar Karis, who was elected in October 2021. Two President’s held a press conference in Tartu, where the President of Estonia highlighted he importance of the cooperation between two countries by giving BALTDEFCOL as an example. “..Baltic Defence College, it is a great example of our good cooperation on defence issues”, he said.

The President of Latvia concluded the visit by agreeing President Karis by stating in guestbook: "The Baltic Defence College, a unique institution in the framework of NATO, is an excellent example of the cooperation between the Baltic states". 

It was President's first visit to the Baltic Defence College, representing the recognition of the importance and role of the BALTDEFCOL contribution to regional security and beyond.


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