“It’s important to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but that is not enough. The targeted airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities of 14 April were necessary steps for encouraging the Syrian regime and its supporters to seek a political solution to the conflict,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius said at the Foreign Affairs Council on 16 April in Luxembourg.
On 12 April, the first Lithuania-Saudi Arabia business forum took place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The participants signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting bilateral business relations between the two countries.
On 26 March in Bucharest, Romania, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Meleşcanu and discussed opportunities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, important items on the EU, NATO agenda, as well as situations in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.
On 19 March in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which discussed Russia’s elections on Sunday, the development in England’s city of Salisbury, the future of Ukraine, as well as situations in Syria, Iran and on the Korean Peninsula.
On 8 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with leaders and representatives of the key world and U.S. Jewish organizations in Washington, D.C. In a traditional meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Foreign Minister discussed important issues of international and bilateral cooperation, including the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, Iran’s policy, the Middle East peace process, and the preservation of Lithuania’s Jewish heritage.
On 1 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Justice of Moldova Alexandru Tănase in Vilnius.
“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.
On 14 December in Podgorica, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held meeting with high-ranking Montenegrin officials and voiced his strong support for Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic integration.
On 23 November in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and Knut Fleckenstein, Member of the European Parliament, who is one of the drafters of the European Parliament’s recommendations for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.
On 10 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received an award for promoting the Baltic states’ unity and cooperation. The medal of the Baltic Assembly (BA) was awarded at a joint meeting of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM) in Tallinn.
In his introductory remarks addressing the annual Energy Forum in Vilnius on 7 November, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, underlined that, “Lithuania aspires to full-fledged integration into the internal energy market of the EU and synchronisation of the electric systems of the Baltic States with the networks of continental Europe remains a fundamental strategic step to be taken”.
On 27 October in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received Peter Tan Hai Chuan, Deputy Secretary/Southeast Asia & ASEAN in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Lithuania.
The names and places associated with the atrocities that stain the world’s recent history are only too well known: Guernica, Babi Yar, Sharpeville, Treblinka, Hiroshima, Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica and, more recently, Aleppo and Yemen, to name but a few. The memories of those who have suffered are as painful as the list is long.
On 16 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, which discussed Iran, North Korea, Turkey and human rights issues.
At the initiative of Lithuania, a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Ministers with the well-known Russian civil society activist, the Vice-Chairman of Open Russia Vladimir Kara-Murza was held in Luxembourg on 16 October.