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Lithuania and USA: agreed on closer co-coperation

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2015 01 23

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Lithuania and USA: agreed on closer co-coperation
Lithuania and USA: agreed on closer co-coperation

Today Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis met with Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Lithuania Deborah McCarthy. During the meeting, the current bilateral relations and perspectives of further co-operation in the area of the interior were discussed.

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Minister S. Skvernelis underlined that USA were and are very important strategic partner of Lithuania and rejoiced at active and productive co-operation of the countries in the area of law enforcement.

„We greatly appreciate the close co-operation which embraces many areas – fight against organized crime and terrorism, cyber crimes, drugs, trafficking in human beings, ensuring  nuclear security and other topical areas. I think these relations should be continued and strengthened with greater concentration on practical co-operation and problem solving, arrangement of specialized trainings”, – minister S. Skvernelis said. 

Ambasador D. McCarthy expressed decisiveness to render assistance while making joint activities of the countries in the area of law enforcement more active and organizing exchange of experience. She also admitted that the trainings should not be individual. They should be more co-ordinated and have specific purposes – in such a way even better results could be achieved.

Minister and ambassador spoke both about today’s geopolitical threats and appropriate strengthening of capabilities of all law enforcement institutions, the issues related to the security of the external border of the European Union, fight against illegal migration and smuggling having been discussed too. 

Minister S. Skvernelis also stressed the importance of co-operation in the area of cyber security. “Currently, when cyber security is high on the international agenda of law enforcement, we would be interested to find out more about the US experience in this area if our officers could have an opportunity to participate in the training on different aspects on ensuring cyber security”, – he emphasized. 

During the meeting it was agreed to continue close contacts between the law enforcement institutions of the countries, jointly strengthening and developing co-operation, arranging trainings, exchanging practical experience and to seek concrete, important for law enforcement, goals.