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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.
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Nordic-Baltic Ambassadors meet at the Lithuanian Embassy
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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 Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius meets with the British Foreign Secretary, voices solidarity with the United Kingdom
Bilateral Relations »
On 14 March in London, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and discussed the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the United Kingdom, as well as the key issues of security and defence cooperation.
Foreign Minister Linkevičius congratulates his newly appointed German counterpart
Bilateral Relations »
On 14 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas on his appointment as the head of diplomacy. In his letter, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister highlighted the partnership between the two countries, as well as cooperation at the European level and within NATO.
Lithuania allocates €20 000 in humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated €20 000 in humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees. The contribution will be transferred to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Lithuanian MFA statement regarding poisoning case in the United Kingdom
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The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry expresses strong solidarity with the United Kingdom following an audacious criminal act – the poisoning of a former military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Linkevičius discusses opportunities for developing the relationship between Lithuania and Ireland, items on the EU agenda
Bilateral Relations »
On 12 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence of the National Parliament of Ireland (Oireachtas) Brendan Smith, and discussed the key bilateral issues, as well as items on the agenda of the European Union and Eastern Neighbourhood initiative.
Lithuania’s cooperation with the US and world Jewish organizations discussed in Washington, DC
Activities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs » Cultural Diplomacy »
On 8 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with leaders and representatives of the key world and U.S. Jewish organizations in Washington, D.C. In a traditional meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Foreign Minister discussed important issues of international and bilateral cooperation, including the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, Iran’s policy, the Middle East peace process, and the preservation of Lithuania’s Jewish heritage.
Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulates the new Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Stef Blok
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Stef Blok on his new appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
We will maintain intensive cooperation, says Linkevičius after visiting the US Congress
Multilateral Relations »
On 6 March in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts, visited the United States Congress, where they held meetings with representatives of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The Baltic Foreign Ministers met with the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce and the Committee’s Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Bob Corker and the Committee’s Ranking Member Robert Menendez, and the Senator James Risch.
Linkevičius: Decisions on the Baltic states’ effective air defence must be taken sooner
Bilateral Relations » NATO and International Security »
On 6 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius opened the American-Lithuanian conference on air defence in the Baltic region in Washington, D.C. The publication ‘Toward Effective Air Defence in Northern Europe’ by Philip Breedlove, NATO's former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, was presented. One of the most important issues of our region’s capacities – the development of a regional air defence system – was discussed at the conference.
Linkevičius: We agree with the USA on strategic goals
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On 5 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts, met with the Secretary of State of the United States of America Rex Tillerson in Washington, D.C.