Minister Linkevičius confers state award on Giovanna Pignatelli-Lozoraitis
On 15 March in Rome, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania on Giovanna Pignatelli-Lozoraitis, painter and restorer, widow of the former Lithuanian diplomat, Ambassador to the Holy See Kazys Lozoraitis.
“I am very glad to confer this state award on Pignatelli-Lozoraitis for her and her husband’s outstanding contribution to the protection of Lithuania’s interests in Italy during the occupation period, promotion of the name of Lithuania, political ambitions and support for Lithuania’s significant cultural activities”, said Linkevičius.
During the ceremony, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also gave honour to other Italian nationals and friends of Lithuania, who have contributed to the promotion of Lithuania’s name in Italy.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to the Professors at the University of Milan – Alessandro Vitale and Claudio Barna – for their academic research in the fields of Lithuania’s history, culture and literature, the development of political, academic and cultural ties between the two countries, and for raising public awareness of Lithuania in Italy.
Linkevičius also thanked the Honorary Consuls of Lithuania in Florence and Palermo – Enrico Palasciano and Alessandro Palmigiano – for their contribution to the Lithuania-Italy cultural and economic relations, and promotion of Lithuania’s name. Last year, thanks to the efforts of these Lithuanian Honorary Consuls, a street in Florence and a square in Palermo were named after Lithuania. Moreover, commemorative events took place in Florence on the occasion of the anniversary of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis. The composer is buried in Florence.
While in Rome, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also visited the Sapienza University, where he took part in a discussion with the university’s academic community and delivered a lecture “Building partnerships in the face of crisis: responding to threats from the South and the East” to the students. He also participated in a festive event to celebrate the Day of the Restoration of Independence of Lithuania at the Embassy of Lithuania in Italy.