The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania categorically denies false information in the public domain that Lithuania has allegedly imposed trade sanctions against Mongolia.
“The creation and consolidation of the state of Lithuania 100 years ago would be unthinkable without the Jewish contribution. We respect Jewish traditions and foster Jewish heritage,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius in a meeting with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) David Harris.
At the meeting with the new Ambassador of Norway to Lithuania Karsten Klepsvik on 16 January, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas discussed the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and Norway, and the strengthening of cooperation on issues of importance to our region.
On 15-16 January in Sofia, the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Asta Skaisgirytė attended an informal meeting of Political Directors of the EU’s Foreign Ministries. The meeting was organised by Bulgaria, which holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January. The EU Political Directors met to align EU foreign policy priorities for the first half of 2018 and discussed issues related to Russia, the Western Balkans, and the situation in the Middle East.
On 12 January in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Ukrainian citizens, who defended the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania in January 1991. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister noted that the Ukrainian squad was the only unit of foreign volunteers that arrived in Vilnius in 1991 and contributed to the defence of the country’s strategically most important objects.
An informal Snow Meeting brought together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts on 11-12 January in Trakai district. The meeting discussed the main challenges facing the transatlantic community and ways to respond to them.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Tudor Ulianovschi on assuming the post of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova on 10 January.
On 11 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs signed an agreement establishing the Balts’ Award.
Lithuania will join forces with Estonia and seek new solutions in 2018 to improve security of the Baltic states. On 11 January in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser held a meeting to discuss the issue.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Jacek Czaputowicz on his appointment as the new Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs on 9 January.
On 4 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received the outgoing Ambassador of China to Lithuania Wei Ruixing. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister thanked the Chinese Ambassador for his efforts to build and strengthen the relationship between the two countries during his tenure in Lithuania.
On 3 January, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius together with the Ambassador of Israel to Lithuania Amir Maimon, the Ambassador of the United States Anne Hall, the Chair of the Jewish Community of Lithuania Faina Kukliansky, the Mayor of Molėtai District Municipality Stasys Žvinys, a representative of the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, the elder of the Alanta eldership, and representatives of the municipality visited a former Jewish synagogue in Alanta, Molėtai district.
The UN General Assembly resolution on Status of Jerusalem, adopted on 21 December 2017, reaffirms the provisions of relevant UN resolutions, adopted earlier on this issue. The resolution also reflects a long-held common position of the European Union on this issue.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 15 thousand in humanitarian aid to Yemen and Syria each and EUR 10 thousand to Albania.
The inter-institutional working group for nuclear, radiation environmental safety of nuclear power plants built in the neighbourhood of Lithuania that is headed by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius, gathered for a meeting on 18 December 2017.