Levits gives thoughts to Canadian thinktank

Latvian President Egils Levits gave an address to Canadian thinktank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) via videolink April 27 in which he summarised the state of Canadian-Latvian relations, particularly in the context of NATO.

"Canada’s role in the eFP [enhanced Forward Presence] Battle Group Latvia strengthens the important transatlantic link. But Canada’s contribution goes well beyond that... Of particular importance is Canadian leadership. Through professionalism, tact and dedication Canadians have made this the most integrated Battle Group with 10 different nations participating. In addition, they have taught the Latvian armed forces a great deal – directly and indirectly by example. Therefore, together with our other Allies, we are very interested not just in Canada’s continued contribution to eFP beyond 2023 but in continued Canadian leadership overseen by the important Canadian National Headquarters – Task Force Latvia," Levits said.

The full address can be read at the presidential website.  

The MLI describes itself as "rigorously independent and non-partisan" and is named after Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who were two long-serving Canadian prime ministers. The MLI's stated aim is "helping to make poor quality public policy in Ottawa unacceptable to Canadians and their political and opinion leaders by proposing thoughtful alternatives through non-partisan and independent research and commentary."

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