“Eastern European countries that pursue reforms and European values must be given the prospect of becoming new EU member states. Furthermore, cooperation with these countries must be upgraded to a qualitatively new level,” said Minister Linas Linkevičius during an international event, which was dedicated to the Eastern Partnership and entitled ‘Vilnius Consultations’.
On 4 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius continued his visit to Israel and met with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Linkevičius is visiting the State of Israel at the invitation of the Israeli Prime Minister.
On 2 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The two Foreign Ministers watched a basketball match between Lithuania and Israel.
On 21 August in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the leader of the Action and Solidarity Party of Moldova Maia Sandu to discuss Moldova’s domestic and foreign policy priorities. The interlocutors also exchanged opinions on the political and security situation in the region.
On 19 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani on the country’s Independence Day.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, participated in an international ministerial conference on 6 July in London to discuss the agenda and implementation of Ukrainian reform. Minister Linkevičius noted that Ukraine needed a strong European prospect, as well as support for the implementation of its reforms and a comprehensive economic investment programme.
On 1 July, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius congratulated Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the country.
On 25 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Karl Erjavec on Slovenia’s Statehood Day, and wished well-being and prosperity for the whole country, as well as its people.
On 25 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić and all the people of Croatia on the National Day.
On 5 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mikser.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius expressed his condolences on the loss of the American political scientist and diplomat, sociologist, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has passed a resolution calling to commemorate the 200th death anniversary of Tadeusz Kościuszko (Lith. Tadas Kosciuška), who led the 1794 Uprising of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, was a general and a participant in the fight for independence of the United States.
“We have no other choice but to undertake the responsibility for the future of the EU. So let’s look at the EU’s success stories to draw inspiration and turn crisis into a new opportunity. Clear leadership and a strong relationship with society are necessary,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius at the conference “60 Years after the Treaty of Rome – Recharging Europe” at the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania.
On 15 March in Rome, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania on Giovanna Pignatelli-Lozoraitis, painter and restorer, widow of the former Lithuanian diplomat, Ambassador to the Holy See Kazys Lozoraitis.
On 10 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with representatives of the U.S. non-governmental organizations, who came to Lithuania to participate in an inter-parliamentary discussion “Europe and the United States: Reaffirming Transatlantic Solidarity”, co-organized by the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania and the Parliamentary Democracy Forum.