US defense secretary received medal for assistance to Latvia in its participation in NATO
Latvian Defense Minister Atis Slakteris, who is on visit in the USA now, awarded US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with a medal for assistance to Latvia in its participation in NATO, a REGNUM correspondent is told in the Latvian Defense Ministry. According to Slakteris, at the meeting Rumsfeld appreciated participation of Latvian Armed Forces in international operations, in his turn, he ensured his colleague that Latvian servicemen of relevant corps are ready to serve further in tight regime. The sides also discussed the process of preparing NATO summit in Riga in November, which, according to Slakteris, is in the focus of Washington’s attention. Washington relies upon Latvia as a trustworthy and loyal friend, the Latvian minister commented on results of the meeting.
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