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Cotton Meets with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis

September 2, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today met with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis in Riga, Latvia as part of a weeklong overseas official trip that also included stops in Norway and Sweden. Senator Cotton and President Vejonis had a heartening discussion on the strong ties between the American and Latvian people.

The meeting primarily focused on the NATO alliance and the United States's bilateral military commitments to Latvia. Both Senator Cotton and President Vejonis reaffirmed the ironclad mutual defense covenant of NATO, a commitment that is even more vital in these times of renewed Russian belligerence and unpredictability. Senator Cotton assured President Vejonis that the American people have long recognized the spirit of independence that sustained the Latvian people during darker times and that Latvia's continued security is not only in Latvia's interest or in Europe's interest, but in the national security interest of the United States.