During the meeting, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of cooperation between the nations.
Your efforts are a continuation of an extraordinary gift made by our ancestors, who were defending Europe just as you are doing it today - said the Prime Minister to the soldiers.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the North Atlantic Alliance is based on the international character of the security system and the sovereignty of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and other countries of NATO’s eastern flank. As he emphasized,
it is very important that NATO soldiers get to know each other and practice on the training grounds, and that we will never have to stand on the real battlefields, but it is also important that if something happens, they will be prepared and armed in the best possible way. This is what we care about as part of our policy for strengthening the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki thanked the soldiers for their service to the glory of the Homeland and for their readiness to serve in various parts of the world.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives on their missions at the Vienotiba Speks monument.
During today’s visit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in Riga. The Prime Ministers discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation, security, cooperation within the EU and NATO as well as regional infrastructure projects.
The presence of NATO’s Multinational Battle Group since June 2017 has been a major security enhancement for Latvia. The battalion led by Canada and co-created by 8 countries: Poland, Spain, Italy, Albania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, currently has about 1,400 soldiers, which is a particularly significant support for the Latvian army, consisting of ca. 5,000 soldiers.
Since 29 June 2018, the third rotation of the Polish Military Contingent in Latvia has been ongoing. Currently, about 175 soldiers and 14 PT-91 tanks are present at the contingent.