Latvia has decided to increase its defense budget to 2.5% of GDP over the next three years, but the next Saeima needs to consider whether this is sufficient and whether this percentage of the budget should be further increased. Levits said.
“In the new geopolitical situation, with all this increase [of NATO presence] This has been achieved in the last few months, but not enough in the long run. The command structure needs to be strengthened and resources need to be increased. “
The president also emphasized the need to pay special attention to Latvia’s internal security, which has long been ignored. The interior ministry’s structure lacks state-of-the-art equipment and adequate infrastructure. And especially the professional and well-educated staff. “
Latvia’s foreign political weight must be maintained for the next four years, Lewitz said. Latvia will run for the UN Security Council in 2025, Lewitz said, noting that it is an opportunity to take responsibility for democratic values and the protection of international law.
To be elected, Latvia must win 129 of the 193 votes of UN member states. This is not an easy task, so the next Saeima member and foreign services must make every effort to achieve it, the president said.
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