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Linas Linkevičius

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Possibilities for strengthening political cooperation between Lithuania and Croatia discussed

Created: 2019.03.05 / Updated: 2019.03.05 13:48
      Possibilities for strengthening political cooperation between Lithuania and Croatia discussed
      Possibilities for strengthening political cooperation between Lithuania and Croatia discussed

      On 4 March, a delegation headed by Vice Skračić, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, visited Vilnius and met with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, and the Political Director Asta Skaisgirytė.

      In a meeting with the Political Director, much attention was dedicated to security issues, as well as to successful cooperation between Lithuania and Croatia in the field of defense. A. Skaisgirytė thanked Croatia for its decision to deploy forces to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania in 2020. In addition, she welcomed good cooperation in implementing the Lithuania-led cyber security project under the Permanent Structured Cooperation on defense (PESCO).

      The Political Director and the Croatian Assistant Minister for Political Affairs agreed on the need to strengthen strategic communication and coordination of joint actions at EU level, and welcomed the progress achieved so far in this area.

      The meeting with the Foreign Vice-Minister D. Skusevičius was dedicated to a comprehensive discussion of issues related to the Eastern Partnership policy and bilateral relations with each of the Eastern Partnership countries.

      2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership initiative. Thus, the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries launched a strategic reflection on the Eastern Partnership goals beyond 2020.

      The interlocutors noted that those partners, who were determined to deepen their integration with the EU, should be provided with multilateral and bilateral support. The Croatian Assistant Minister for Political Affairs invited the representatives of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry to participate in a round table discussion dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership initiative in May 2019 in Zagreb.

      The Foreign Vice-Minister D. Skusevičius and the Assistant Minister for Political Affairs V. Skračić agreed to exchange information and insights more often in order to help the other side to better understand the events in the region.

       

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