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The Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) participates in the Spring Session of the Assembly in Tirana, Albania. The Assembly plans to endorse the declaration for the NATO Warsaw Summit.

The declaration urges Alliance leaders to strengthen collective defence and develop a comprehensive strategy for promoting stability in North Africa and the Middle East. It also calls on all NATO member states to meet military spending targets and increase defence cooperation in the European Union.

The Session in Tirana is attended by Chairman of the Estonian delegation Ants Laaneots and members of the delegation Sven Mikser, Kadri Simson and Marko Mihkelson.

The Session discusses increasing the Euro-Atlantic counter-terrorism capabilities and enhancing cooperation. Panel discussions deal with the political and security developments and economic situation in the countries of Western Balkan, and the events in Libya and Ukraine.

The implementation of Wales pledges and prospects for the Warsaw Summit, and the economic and security policy impact of the migration crisis that has hit Europe will also be spoken about.

Special attention is devoted to China’s influence in the changing world, and the problems that are caused by Daesh and their impact on the allies. The Session also discusses the nuclear programme of Iran.

The priorities, international commitment and contribution of the Albanian Armed Forces are also on the agenda of the NATO PA Spring Session, which will last until Monday. The Session will also acknowledge Montenegro, who recently received the invitation to join NATO, and who will become its 29th member state.

The Spring Session in Tirana brings together more than 250 delegates from 28 NATO member states. Representatives of partner countries, observers and various organisations also participate in the Session.

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