Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister discussed counter-terrorism with a representative from the U.S. Department of State
On 21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Dalius Čekuolis and the U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales discussed the fight against international terrorism, sanctions against Hezbollah-affiliated persons, the situation in Belarus and the region, relevant issues of the Lithuanian-U.S. relationship, as well as international security policy.
The Foreign Vice-Minister stressed that Lithuania had assessed all available information and the information provided by its partners about the activities of Hezbollah-affiliated persons posing a threat to Lithuania’s national security interests. According to Čekuolis, Hezbollah is functioning on the principles of a terrorist organization, so Lithuania has banned some of its members from entering.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister highlighted the importance of coordinating actions among the countries of the region, as well as the European Union and the U.S., to end repression, human rights violations, and the falsification of election results in Belarus.
Čekuolis also welcomed the U.S. commitment to ensuring security in the Baltic Sea region, voiced support for transatlantic cooperation, and stressed the importance of close cooperation between NATO allies on critical issues.