On 21 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with members of the OECD delegation led by the Director for Legal Affairs and the coordinator for Lithuania’s accession Nicola Bonucci. The meeting focused on important issues related to the country’s accession and further activities.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated his counterpart, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom of Belgium.
On 20 July Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius congratulated Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Maria Ángela Holguin Cuéllar, on Colombian Independence Day.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, attended the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 July 2017 to take part in a debate on the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy, on North Korea, Libya, and migration.
On 15 July 2017, we mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt in Turkey that left a few hundreds dead and 2,000 injured. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania reiterates its solidarity with Turkey and its people, who gathered to defend their democratically elected government. Just as on the night a year ago, Lithuania expresses sincere condolences to the families of the victims and condemns the attempt upon democracy in Turkey that shocked the country and the whole international community.
At the informal ministerial meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe that opened in the Austrian town of Mauerbach on 11 July 2017 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neris Germanas, drew attention to the deadlock in the negotiations on the Russian aggression against Ukraine and called on the OSCE to continue prioritising them in the OSCE agenda.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, visited Lithuanian on 11 July 2017. He had meetings with President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, and Minister of the Interior, Eimutis Misiūnas.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, participated in an international ministerial conference on 6 July in London to discuss the agenda and implementation of Ukrainian reform. Minister Linkevičius noted that Ukraine needed a strong European prospect, as well as support for the implementation of its reforms and a comprehensive economic investment programme.
“Kremlin’s information warfare targeted at the West has reached a hot phase. Therefore if we want to win the war, we must consolidate even more of our efforts and be more resolute and united,” the head of the Lithuanian foreign office noted at the high-level conference in Riga “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017”.
On 4 July, two young South Africans, selected to participate in the Transparency International School of Integrity which takes place in Vilnius on 10-16 July, were congratulated at the Lithuanian Embassy in Pretoria.
Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a meeting with Heinrich Brauss, Assistant Secretary General of NATO, in Vilnius on 4 July 2017 and discussed NATO’s further plans to strengthen collective defence and improve resilience to propaganda, cyber and other hybrid-type attacks.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, has congratulated the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and all Americans on Independence Day. In his congratulatory letter, Linas Linkevičius notes that the U.S. remains the key strategic partner of Lithuania in ensuring its national security and underlines the significance of strategic partnership between Lithuania and the United States and of transatlantic ties.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, opened the international conference “Safety of Journalists – New Challenges and Responses” in Vilnius on 3 July 2017 where the current situation of the safety of journalists in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region, the most urgent challenges in journalists’ activities and possible international responses were discussed.
Amb. Vaidotas Verba
Candidate of Lithuania for the post of the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Use of chemical weapons in Syria brought massive casualties, economic and social losses and fear, at an unprecedented level in modern history. Recent reports of use and threat of use of chemcal weapons in Syria continue to alert international community. Existence of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction carry out the risk that terrorists take the sites with weapons of mass destruction and related materials. Terrorists acquiring a chemical or nuclear device or biological material could spread massive murder and destruction far grater than any other terrorist attack conducted so far.