Joint Statement on United States-Latvia Joint Declaration on 5G Security
02/27/2020 04:45 PM EST
Office of the Spokesperson
The following joint declaration was issued by the Governments of the United States of America and Latvia on February 27, 2020:
Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Latvia declare their desire to strengthen our cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a vast array of new applications, including the provision of critical services to the public, which will benefit our citizens and our economies. Increased amounts of data on 5G networks will further interconnect the economies of the world, including the United States and Latvia, and facilitate cross-border services and commerce. Protecting communications networks from disruption or manipulation and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and Latvia are vital to ensuring that our people are able to take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities 5G will enable.
Therefore, the United States and Latvia welcome efforts such as the European Council “Conclusions on the significance of 5G to the European Economy and the need to mitigate security risks linked to 5G” and the “Prague Proposals”, as important steps toward developing a common approach to 5G network security. These proposals emphasize the need to develop and deploy 5G networks based on free and fair competition, transparency, and the rule of law.