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On July 29, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Ambassador Abdul Kareem Toma Mehdi Kaab, Director of the European Department of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is also the head of the delegation visiting Lithuania on July 28-31.
In the evening of 23 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis informed the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell about the latest provocations by Belarus against the EU and Lithuania.
Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis and NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a telephone conversation, and discussed the situation at the Lithuanian state border with Belarus.
Tonight, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and once again urged him to address the problem of the air transport channel for irregular migration between Baghdad and Minsk.
On 20 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis discussed challenges posed by flows of illegal migrants from Belarus to Lithuania and thanked our EU partners for their solidarity and support at a meeting with the EU Ambassadors, who are residing in and accredited to Lithuania.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania informs that it has received a notification from Taipei that a Taiwanese representative office will be opened in Lithuania. It will start its activities as soon as the head of the office arrives already this summer.
On 30 July, Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Inga Černiuk and Rector of ISM University of Management and Economics Dalius Misiūnas signed a cooperation agreement between the MFA and ISM.
On 29 July, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lithuania rejected Belarus‘s claims that it was mistreating migrants crossing their mutual border. Lithuania underlined that the refugee flows it faces are irregular and artificially created by the Belarusian regime in Minsk in order to put political pressure on the Government of Lithuania and the EU.
On 22 July, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Valatka signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and KTU.
On 16 July, Lithuania informed the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of a sharp increase in the number of third country nationals illegally crossing the state border from Belarus into Lithuania over the past two months. Belarusian border guard service has ceased cooperating and sharing information with their Lithuanian counterparts. Lithuania representative said that the Government believes that, by pursuing such policies, Belarus engages in using illegal migration as a political weapon, abusing international refugee protections. These illegal crossings are artificially stimulated and represent a clear act of political vengeance on the part of the Belarusian regime for Lithuania’s vocal stance towards grave violations of human rights in Belarus.
The MFA informs about adoption by the Seimas of the amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens and the accompanying legislation (Draft No XIVP-719(2)), thereby providing for faster processing of asylum applications and restricting some of the rights of asylum seekers in cases where the state is not in a position to guarantee their rights due to a state of war or state of emergency, as well as emergency or an emergency event due to the mass influx of foreigners.
On 12 July, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas sent letters to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Filippo Grandi and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration Mr. António Vitorino in which he provided detailed information on the increased flow of third-country irregular migrants from Belarus to Lithuania and asked respective organizations to react in accordance with their mandates.
On 12 July, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) Prof. Dr. Inga Žalėnienė signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and the MRU.
Panel 2: Gender-equal socioeconomic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
Intervention by the Nordic and Baltic States
delivered by H.E. Amb. Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania in Geneva
6 July 2021
On 5 July, at the 47th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) Interactive Dialogue took place with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin, who presented report on significant deterioration of human rights situation in the country and made some recommendations.
On 2 July, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in an online event “Economy, environment, education – possible seeds for Ukraine’s growth?”, during which the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform presented its proposals regarding Ukraine’s priorities for the future reform agenda. According to the initiators of the civil initiative, there must be three guiding principles for reform: a new quality of education, new elements of economic growth, and a new environmental policy.