Rasa Jukneviciene starts presidency with visit to NATO PA Secretariat and NATO HQ, unveils priorities

Brussels, 26 September 2018 - Rasa Jukneviciene visited the NATO PA secretariat in Brussels yesterday and briefed the staff on the priorities of her presidency: transatlantic relations; deterrence and defence, and relations with Russia; combatting disinformation; partnerships & open door; and the Western Balkans.

During her first official visit as the Assembly President, a day only after taking office, Ms Jukneviciene held a series of high-level meetings at NATO HQ. With Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General, and James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, she discussed the implementation of the Brussels Summit decisions and the way forward, and highlighted the role of the Assembly and its members in supporting NATO’s adaptation and partnerships.

She further exchanged views on some of her priorities with Ambassador Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Kay Bailey Hutchison, US Ambassador to NATO, and Chris Riley, Head of NATO’s  Strategic Communications Team. 

Meeting with Pedro Serrano De Haro Soriano, the European External Action Service’s (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General for CSDP and Crisis Response, Ms Jukneviciene highlighted the importance of close NATO-EU cooperation in addressing today’s complex common challenges.

In the coming weeks leading up to the NATO PA’s 64th Annual session in Halifax (16-19 November 2018), Ms Jukneviciene is due to lead the Assembly’s election observation missions for the parliamentary elections in Bosnia and Herzergovina and the presidential elections in Georgia, as well as visit Montenegro, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia. She will also travel to Washington, D.C., for meetings with leading members of the United States Congress and administration.