Ambassador Vaišvilaitė presents her letters of credence to the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie
On 11 September, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė presented her letters of credence to the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) Michaëlle Jean. The Ambassador will serve as the Lithuanian President’s personal representative to this organization.
Vaišvilaitė voiced support for the IOF’s objectives with a view to establishing closer international cooperation in various fields, particularly in the dissemination of human rights ideas and the development of intercultural dialogue. According to the Lithuanian Ambassador, the importance of the IOF’s role in the international context is evidenced by the efforts of the organization to contribute to the resolution of crises in the francophone space and by the fact that new states join this organization.
The Secretary General Jean emphasized the IOF’s efforts to address current challenges and to promote partnership with other international institutions, including the United Nations and the European Union. Jean also highlighted the IOF’s economic potential and called on Lithuania to tap into it in the country’s fields of expertise when establishing relations with other member states of the organization.
Lithuania has been involved in the IOF’s activities since 1999. At present, the IOF has 84 member states and governments (58 members and 26 observers).
The Ambassador Vaišvilaitė also serves as the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Photo: Ringailė Kuokštytė