At his meeting in Washington on 22 September, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius discussed Lithuanian and transatlantic security.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, had a meeting with the United States Deputy Secretary of State, John J. Sullivan; Deputy National Security Adviser to the US President, Major General Ricky L. Waddell; and Senior Director for NATO/Europe, National Security Council, Richard J. Hooker, in Washington D.C. on 21 September 2017.
Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Ireland, Egidijus Meilūnas, presented his Letters of Credence to the President of Ireland, Michael Daniel Higgins, on 21 September 2017.
On the eve of the Balts’ Unity Day when Lithuanians and Latvians jointly commemorate the historic events of the Battle of Sun, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Latvia Mr. Linas Linkevičius and Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs are pleased to announce the establishment of the Balts’ Award.
On 21 September 2017, Ambassador of Lithuania to the Holy See and to the Maltese Order, Petras Zapolskas, presented his Credential Letters to Pope Francis. At a private meeting, Pope Francis inquired about the situation and social life of Lithuanian believers and about emigration which continues to be a problem despite the economic indicators of Lithuania pointing to its positive economic development.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulated Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Edward Nalbandian and the people of Armenia on the occasion of the Anniversary of Independence of Armenia.
With the construction of Belarus's controversial Astravets nuclear power plant hurtling forward, the dissonance between Minsk and Vilnius over the project could not be greater. Lithuania -- whose capital lies less than 50 kilometers from Astravets -- has protested vehemently against the construction of the plant since it was announced in 2008.
On 20 September Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the ministerial meeting on the implementation of the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali held in New York. According to Minister Linkevičius, the stability of the whole Sahel region depends on the situation in Mali and directly affects Europe particularly in the context of illegal migration; therefore Lithuania contributes to the efforts of the international community to support a peace process in Mali.
On 21 September 2017 the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally. It is one of the most ambitious EU free trade agreements that will open the Canadian market with its population of 35 million to Lithuanian exporters.
On 20 September Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the High-Level Open Debate of the UN Security Council Regarding the Reform of UN Peacekeeping.
On 21 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conveyed his congratulations to Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela and Maltese people on Independence Day.
At the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 of OSCE participating states in Warsaw on 21 September, Lithuania together with its international partners convened a meeting, entitled ‘LGBTI persons outside the Law in Chechnya (Russia). What should be the international community’s reaction?’ The side event focused on recent hate crimes committed against LGBTI persons in Chechnya.
On 21-22 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius will be paying a visit to Washington, D.C.
On 19 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta Petras Zapolskas presented his letters of credence to the Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius expressed his condolences over the earthquake disaster of 19 September in Mexico.