Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani told a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Riga on Wednesday that joint and strategic actions by NATO and EU in the Western Balkans are the basic prerequisite for the region’s stability and prosperity.

During the two-day working sessions, issues of strategic importance to the Alliance were discussed, such as the situation in Afghanistan, addressing current and future security challenges, such as the Russian military grouping along the border with Ukraine, and hybrid challenges coming from Belarus.

The topic of the meeting was the situation in the Western Balkans, and the geostrategic interests of the Alliance for a stable, progressive and democratic region by reaffirming the European and Euro-Atlantic perspective of the countries in the region.

The Foreign Ministers also discussed the NATO Strategic Concept, as an important document regarding the future geostrategic role of the Alliance.

At the working sessions, the Ministers adopted several decisions and documents. They are important for the future action and strengthening of the Alliance, but also for the preparation of the Summit of NATO Heads of State and Government, which will be held next year in Madrid.