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On 27 January, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed to adjudication by a panel over China’s illegal economic restrictions on trade with Lithuania and the European Union at the request of the EU. Establishing a panel is the second step in the WTO’s dispute settlement process, which includes an assessment by three independent experts in trade law to determine whether the measures taken by a WTO member conform with the WTO law.
On 27 January, together with the whole world, we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and pay our sincere respects to the millions of Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust during World War II, including two hundred thousand Lithuanian citizens.
On 24 January, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis participated remotely in the G7+ Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Ukraine Energy Sector Support at the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Landsbergis discussed the need to deliver equipment to restore and strengthen Ukraine’s energy sector due to the Russian attacks with representatives from the world’s largest economies.
On 24 January, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis will meet with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters and discuss NATO’s summit to be held in Vilnius on 11 and 12 July.
On 23 January in Brussels, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council.
On 19 January, Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration held a solemn ceremony during which Belize received a contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania to the Hurricane Lisa Relief Fund. The fund was established to help the people of Belize recover from the natural disaster - Hurricane Lisa.
On 14 December, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania Ramūnas Davidonis presented credentials to His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, on behalf of the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The Ceremony was held at the Al Sakhir Palace.
On 11-13 January, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis will pay a working visit to the Republic of Korea. Landsbergis will meet with Foreign Minister Park Jin, the Minister for Trade Dukgeun Ahn, the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee Chair at the National Assembly of South Korea Kim Tae-ho, and representatives of South Korean think tanks. Landsbergis will also hold meetings with CEOs of Samsung Display, SK Group, and nSage.
Today, on 21 December, a mural depicting Ales Bialiatski on Vilnius Simonas Daukantas Progymnasium's wall was opened in front of the Embassy of Belarus. The mural is dedicated to Belarus's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners held by the Lukashenka regime.
On 16 December, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Dr. Mantas Adomėnas met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Dr. Ana Brian Nougrères. During the meeting, the Special Rapporteur presented the objectives of her visit, informed which institutions and non-governmental organizations she met with, and expressed her initial observations about Lithuania’s personal data protection system.
Fifteen representatives of the Lithuania's food and beverage industry were presented at the national stand during the Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE) in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is taking place for the first time on 6-8 December at the initiative of the Embassy of Lithuania.
On 6 December, the annual Pledging Conference of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where countries announced their financial commitments to UNHCR activities in 2023, took place.
On 5 December, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Survila met with the U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Ellen Germain. The meeting focused on Holocaust education, the fight against anti-Semitism, and the perpetuation of the memory of the Holocaust.