L. Linkevičius discusses key foreign policy issues with foreign ambassadors
On 18 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Lithuania. The traditional annual meeting discussed greatest achievements and challenges facing Lithuania’s foreign policy, national and international security, and other most relevant global issues.
“One of the most significant achievements in the field of Lithuania’s foreign policy in 2018 is Lithuania’s membership of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). I am very pleased that Lithuania joined this exclusive club. It sends a strong signal to foreign investors, as the OECD membership is seen as a “seal of quality” and a sign of confidence in many areas of our economy,” said L. Linkevičius.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also drew attention to the fact that while Lithuania celebrated the 15th anniversary of its membership of NATO and the EU in 2019, NATO’s role remained more important than ever for Lithuanian and Euro-Atlantic security. L. Linkevičius thanked the allies for their contribution to the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion and NATO’s air policing mission, which had helped ensure Lithuania’s security in 2018.
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, stability in European economy and values is unthinkable without a strong European Union, so EU leaders, together with EU citizens, should take on more responsibility for the future of the EU.
Nuclear security remains an important challenge for Europe and the Baltic region. Lithuania calls on all interested parties to actively cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other nuclear security formats, when raising the issue of Ostrovets.
L. Linkevičius noted that the Eastern Partnership remained one of the main priorities of Lithuania’s foreign policy. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of this initiative. This is a good opportunity to strengthen the relationship with Eastern Partnership countries, especially Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova, as well as to express support for their European path.
The annual meeting was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It brought together about 60 ambassadors, chargés d'affaires ad interim, and heads of offices from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.