On 6–7 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radosław Sikorski, paid a working visit to the neighbouring country.
During the meeting, Linkevičius and Sikorski discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and Poland and their further development, the upcoming Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2013, the possibilities of cooperation in the implementation of the Eastern Partnership programme, relevant issues of the EU agenda. The Ministers also agreed on a more intensive development of cooperation in the fields of security policy and defence.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Sikorski emphasised the day of the meeting being the day of a new beginning in the bilateral relations between Lithuania and Poland. Linkevičius, in his turn, invited the colleague to pay a reciprocal visit to Vilnius.
The Ministers emphasised the importance of Lithuanian–Polish cooperation in the field of energy. This, according to the Ministers, is one of the key issues in strengthening energy security of both countries as well as the region as a whole. During the conversation, the Ministers stressed the successful implementation of the project of the Lithuania–Poland electricity link, discussed other issues related to the development of a regional electricity and gas market. Sikorski declared willingness to interconnect Lithuanian and Polish gas pipelines.
While discussing the upcoming Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council and preparations for the meeting of EU and Eastern Partnership country leaders, Sikorski expressed full support and offered cooperation.
As regards the issue of national minorities, Linkevičius claimed that both Lithuanian and Polish national minorities are citizens of their countries; therefore, must be equally respected and valued, irrespectively of their nationality. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland stressed that the Poles in Lithuania should be loyal to Lithuania, and the questions of national minorities should be dealt with in the framework of internal political process.
During the meeting with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Adam Daniel Rotfeld, the former U.S. ambassador to Lithuania and the current U.S. ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, Linkevičius discussed regional issues as well as transatlantic security questions.
After the visit, the Minister left for Sejny to meet with Lithuanians living in Poland.