Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark a failed coup attempt in Turkey
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.
Turkey is an important NATO ally and a European Union candidate country. We underline that respect for the rule of law and fundamental human rights are the principal values we share. They must be preserved irrespective of a domestic political situation in the country.
Lithuania believes that, having experienced a dark page in its history, Turkey will soon return to the path of peace, stability and concord.
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius attended the informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) in the Maltese capital Valletta on 28 April 2017. The Ministers discussed developments in Turkey, challenges in the international order of rules, and implementation of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during the New Year celebration on 1st of January which left 39 people dead and dozens injured. We express our deep condolences to the families and friends of those Turks and foreigners who suffered in the attack and all the people of Turkey.
On 20 December, 2016 Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius signed a book of condolences opened at the Embassy of the Russian Federation for the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Andrei Karlov who died tragically in Ankara.
Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns another terrorist attack in Turkey committed on 17 December this time in Kayseri, near Erciyes University and a military town.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania strongly condemns the terror attack in the centre of Istanbul near Beşiktaş stadium yesterday night where dozens of people were killed and over a hundred, some of them very seriously, injured