On 19-20 November 2021, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is organizing a high-level forum 'Future of Democracy' which will take place in Vilnius. The Forum is convened in response to the worrying trends of contracting democratic space and authoritarian entrenchment. It is expected to bring together ministers of foreign affairs, representatives of international organizations,members of civil society and democracy activists, academia, and representatives of free media from around the globe. The participants will seek to develop a set of concrete political measures which would help democracies to build greater resilience to authoritarianism and renew democratic cooperation across the globe.
On 20 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of Belarus in Lithuania and handed in a diplomatic note, expressing a strong protest against repeated violations of the Lithuanian state border.
On 15 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee Andrew Baker. Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, and the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist also attended the meeting.
On 14 October in New York, the UN General Assembly elected Lithuania to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2022-2024 term. 178 UN member states expressed their support to Lithuania. Until now, the country has been an observer state of the UN Human Rights Council and will become a full-fledged member for the first time on 1 January 2022 for a period of three years.
On 11 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Liz Truss in London, the United Kingdom. The interlocutors expressed their positions on relations with China and Russia, particularly focusing on prospects of bilateral economic cooperation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania notes that the election to the State Duma, which was held in the Russian Federation on 17-19 September, took place in the context of restrictions on civil and political rights.
On 15 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the region's security challenges posed by autocratic regimes to democracy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that it will call the Ambassador of Lithuania to China for consultations on 4 September after China's statement of 10 August.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) informs that two Lithuanian citizens have left Afghanistan and have reached safe countries after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
On 30 July, Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Inga Černiuk and Rector of ISM University of Management and Economics Dalius Misiūnas signed a cooperation agreement between the MFA and ISM.
On 22 July, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Valatka signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and KTU.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania informs that it has received a notification from Taipei that a Taiwanese representative office will be opened in Lithuania. It will start its activities as soon as the head of the office arrives already this summer.
On 11 July, snap parliamentary elections were held in Moldova. According to international observers, the elections were well organised, competitive and in line with essential international standards. On the election day, the voting process was calm, transparent and generally evaluated positively.
On 12 July, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) Prof. Dr. Inga Žalėnienė signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and the MRU.
On 8 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Marija Pejčinović Burić and discussed topical issues of the region, and the CoE's role in defending the main values of the organisation: democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.