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Opening of the to A.J. Greimas dedicated exposition in Liege, Belgium
Lithuanians in Belgium » Cultural diplomacy »
The celebration of the A.J. Greimas year - the year dedicated to the academic achievements in the field of visual semiotics by A.J. Greimas - continues at he university of Liege, Belgium.
- Lithuanian Nativity scene in Brussels Added2017.12.05
Nordic-Baltic Ambassadors meet at the Lithuanian Embassy
Foreign Policy and diplomacy » Economics and business »
Nordic-Baltic Ambassadors and the Guest of Honor S. Vanackere discuss currrent foreign affairs at the Lithuanian Embassy
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with King Philippe of Belgium
Foreign Policy and diplomacy » NATO and international security »
On 4th May President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with King Philippe of Belgium who came to Lithuania to visit Belgian soldiers serving in the NATO forward presence battalion.
The President and the King discussed bilateral cooperation within NATO framework as well as additional security and deterrence measures in the region.
The President underlined that the security of the Alliance begins in the Baltic states. Intensive and concentrated militarization at NATO's eastern borders, offensive military exercise Zapad 2017 directed against the West, medium-range missiles deployed in Kaliningrad, Russia's attempts to influence election results in Western Europe through cyber and information attacks - all this poses a serious threat to the people of Europe.
According to the President, Lithuania and Belgium are well aware that the main threat to continental security comes from Russia. Europe will only be as secure as the Baltic states. Deterrence measures built on real military capabilities must therefore be in place.
The President said that the presence of troops from Belgium and six other allies in Lithuania sent a strong deterring message that NATO was ready to counter any threat to the security of the Baltic states.
She further underlined that Lithuania highly valued the solidarity demonstrated by Belgium and its decision to send logistic support troops to join NATO's enhanced forward presence in Lithuania. Belgian soldiers were the first to arrive in Lithuania and stage the ground for the redeployment of allied troops and heavy military equipment.
The President emphasized that Lithuania had always felt the strong helping hand extended by Belgium. Belgian fighter jets were the first to start policing the skies over the Baltic countries after they joined NATO, conducting many subsequent rotations in Zokniai and at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.
The President and the King also discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in business, economy, research, and student exchange. They exchanged views on the expanding contacts between the Nordic and Baltic countries and the Benelux.
Dalia Grybauskaitė to meet with King Philippe of the Belgians
Foreign Policy and diplomacy »
President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with King Philippe of the Belgians tomorrow, Thursday, May 4 at 12 noon. The President and the King will discuss bilateral relations as well as cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries and the Benelux.
At 14:30, following their meeting at the Presidential Palace, President Dalia Grybauskaitė and King Philippe will visit Belgian soldiers serving in the NATO forward presence battalion in Rukla.
The meeting will focus on safeguarding security in the region and across NATO’s Eastern flank. The implementation of deterrence measures alongside preparations for the NATO summit to be held at the end of May in Brussels will be discussed.
According to the President, given Russia’s increasingly unpredictable and aggressive behavior, Lithuania highly values direct support from NATO allies and the presence of their troops in our country.
Some 100 logistic support troops from Belgium with their weaponry and vehicles are presently deployed in Lithuania. They have staged the ground for the arrival of German and Dutch soldiers and heavy military equipment. The NATO forward presence battalion in Lithuania will also be manned by Luxembourg, Norway, France, and Croatia.
Belgium actively contributes to NATO’s Baltic air policing mission in the Baltic states. Belgian fighter jets were the first to start patrolling the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 2004. Since then, they have conducted four rotations in Zokniai and at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia. Belgian troops with military equipment took part in several international exercises in Lithuania.
In terms of trade, Belgium is Lithauania’s tenth largest economic partner. Active business contacts are maintained with the Flemish Region. The ports of Klaipėda and Antwerp have also established business ties. Universities are implementing joint projects in life sciences. Klaipėdos Nafta signed a memorandum of understanding with Belgium’s Fluxys to collaborate on the development of LNG projects and infrastructure. Special grants are paid by the Walloon Region to Lithuanian French-language students and lecturers
RSS Linkevičius: EU enlargement is a strategic choice of countries seeking EU membership
European Union »
On 17 April, the European Commission published the annual Enlargement package, as well as assessed progress on reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius highlighted the importance of the EU open door policy and welcomed progress made by South-eastern European countries.
Lithuania is elected as member of the UNICEF Executive Board
Multilateral Relations »
Lithuania, along with Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Djibouti, Cameroon, Canada, Luxembourg, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan and France, has been elected as member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the 2019-2021 term.
In Luxembourg, EU foreign ministers agree on further response to Russian provocations
Multilateral Relations » European Union »
"Our response to Russian provocations after the events in Salsbery remains united and coordinated, we all understand the need to strengthen the resilience of our countries in the face of modern threats. The role of the European External Action Service’s Eastern Strategic Communications Division (StratComm) is particularly important – we need to evaluate the work of this team and to constantly improve it," said Linkevičius in a discussion on relations with Russia, during which EU Foreign Ministers discussed prospects for the near future and further joint actions following the events in the city of Salisbury, the United Kingdom.
Linkevičius: Attack on Syria’s chemical weapons facilities was a necessary step towards a peaceful political solution
Activities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs » European Union »
“It’s important to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but that is not enough. The targeted airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities of 14 April were necessary steps for encouraging the Syrian regime and its supporters to seek a political solution to the conflict,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius said at the Foreign Affairs Council on 16 April in Luxembourg.
Lithuanian MFA statement regarding actions in Syria
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Lithuanian MFA supports actions by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities. Use of chemical weapons in Syria crossed all possible red lines. Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable.
First Lithuania-Saudi Arabia business forum agrees on the promotion of bilateral business relations
Bilateral Relations » Activities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs »
On 12 April, the first Lithuania-Saudi Arabia business forum took place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The participants signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting bilateral business relations between the two countries.
The contest announced for the first Balts’ Award
Cultural events »
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania are pleased to announce the contest for the first Balts’ Award.
The aim of the Balts’ Award is to recognise the excellence and achievements related to individual contribution and accomplishment in promotion of Latvian-Lithuanian and Lithuanian-Latvian translations, teaching and enhancing the use of Latvian and Lithuanian languages, research on the Latvian and Lithuanian tangible and intangible cultural and historic heritage, as well as investigative journalism on Latvian and Lithuanian history, culture and tourism.
In Saudi Arabia, Linkevičius discusses business development opportunities, the promotion of cultural and human relations
On 10 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Cabinet’s member Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani and discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation. In the meeting, the interlocutors agreed to promote business and economic relations, as well as to establish cultural and human contacts. The representatives of the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of bilateral political consultations in order to strengthen their political dialogue.
Lithuania allocates EUR 20, 000 for humanitarian aid in Yemen
Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion »
Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated EUR 20, 000 for humanitarian aid in Yemen. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations Yemen Humanitarian Fund.
Linkevičius: Mutual commitments to strengthen transatlantic ties noted in Washington
Multilateral Relations »
On 3 April in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a discussion on cooperation between the Baltic states and the U.S.A. The discussion was organized by a well-known think tank – the Atlantic Council.