NATO

Standing by Afghanistan: the strategic choice

Afghanistan’s defence and security forces face enormous challenges. They are countering an insurgency of well-equipped guerrilla fighters, who enjoy the unconditional support of organised crime, international terrorists and some neighboring countries. They are on the front line of the fight against terrorist groups including Al-Qaida, so-called Islamic State and the Haqqani Network. Moreover – as Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said repeatedly – for fourteen years Afghanistan has been in an undeclared war with Pakistan. And it’s also believed that the country continues to be the proxy battleground for India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister: A strong transatlantic link – the foundation stone of a safe, secure and prosperous Europe and the U.S.A.

The U.S. leadership role in NATO has acquired special significance in the face of growing security challenges, therefore, Lithuania is ready to work closely with the next U.S. administration. This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius at a meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels.