On the eve of the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Azerbaijan, Valdas Lastauskas tells AzerNews about Lithuania-Azerbaijan cooperation, making a particular accent on the ways to develop bilateral cooperation, tourism and cultural ties.
During the working visit to Spain on 19 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo. The Foreign Ministers positively assessed the developments in bilateral relations between Lithuania and Spain. The meeting focused on the key issues of security, cooperation within the European Union and NATO, and the European Neighbourhood.
On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Kosovo on the 10th anniversary of its independence.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania, the Adelaide Lithuanian community prepared an exceptional gift for Lithuania – preserved personal relics of Lithuanian Presidents.
On 15-16 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers (Gymnich) in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Foreign ministers discussed Syria, the Western Balkans, North Korea, security and defence issues.
On 15 February in Canberra, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia Justin Brown. Skusevičius called on finalising bilateral agreements on social security and the Lithuanian-Australian working holiday program for young people.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offered sincere condolences to the victims and their families in the aftermath of the deadly shooting of 14 February at a school in Parkland, Florida, the United States of America.
On 13 February in Stockholm, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström discussed bilateral relations and regional security.
On 13 February, a professional polyphonic a cappella group 'Jazz Island' gave a concert to mark a hundred years since the restoration of the state of Lithuania at Oslo Concert Hall. The show was organised by the Embassy of Lithuania to Norway.
On 13 February in Dublin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the President of Ireland Michael Daniel Higgins and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with Ireland, and the future of the European Union.
On 13 February, a presentation of coins issued by the Bank of Lithuania on the occasion of the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania took place at the House of Signatories in Vilnius. One coin is dedicated to Lithuania’s diplomatic service.
This year, while Israel is celebrating 70 years of modern statehood, Lithuania is celebrating 100 years of restored independence.
For centuries Lithuanian Jewry was part of the educated and intellectual elite of our society. One hundred years ago they took the most active part in the process of creating the Republic of Lithuania. They were elected to the Lithuanian Parliament, took up diplomatic posts, served in the army. I would like to particularly mention some of those great men.
On 12 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton participated in a panel discussion “Forging Partnerships: Ireland and Lithuania in the EU27” that was organized by the University College Cork.
“The achievements of Lithuanian scientists in the fields of life sciences and lasers are known and appreciated in the world. Hopefully, with representatives of the Lithuanian Laser and Engineering Technologies cluster (LITEK) we can not only introduce them in New Zealand, but also establish new partnerships,” said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, who met with New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jeff Langley on 12 February in Wellington.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offers its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the plane crash near Moscow and to all the people of Russia affected by the tragedy.