On 16 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne in Vilnius. The Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, and security policy, the state of play in transatlantic relations, as well as the situation in Belarus and Ukraine.
On 13 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.
On 12 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which focused on the situation in Russia and Belarus, issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the Kyrgyz Republic. Ministers also discussed the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024.
On 6 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in a virtual discussion on hybrid threats and challenges that was organised by Germany’s Hanns Seidel Foundation.
On 6 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas attended a meeting with the State Secretaries of the Latvian, Estonian, and German Foreign Ministries in Riga. The meeting focused on the most important items on the European Union’s agenda, the eastern dimension of the European Neighborhood policy, the security situation in the region and in the South Caucasus, transatlantic ties, the EU-China cooperation, the fight against disinformation, and cyber security.
On 5 October 2020, Lithuania took the floor at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council in the general debate on technical assistance and capacity building. The Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas expressed Lithuania’s support for the work of OHCHR in providing technical assistance to Georgia and commended Georgia’s close cooperation with the Office.
On 2 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and representatives from American Jewish Organisations discussed guidelines for cooperation between the U.S. and Lithuania, the perpetuation of historical memory, the fight against manifestations of anti-Semitism in the world and in Lithuania, the situation in Belarus, as well as issues related to international security and policy.
Intervention by the Nordic and Baltic states delivered by the Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva during the Interactive Dialogue with Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris on the report of the Secretary-General on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.
On September 28, Lithuania, together with the co-chairs of the United Nations Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, France and Greece, released the Joint Statement on the situation of journalists in Belarus. The Joint Statement was supported by more than fifty United Nations Member States, and the European Union.
On 25 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a virtual ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism on the occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The event offered a platform for a discussion on the role of multilateralism for the recovery from COVID-19.
On 25 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting with the Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
On 25 September, Lithuania's representatives and the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State Georg P. Kent discussed the situation in Belarus and the region, possibilities for providing support to the Belarusian civil society, other relevant issues of the Lithuanian-US relationship, and international security policy.
On 22 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Brussels in the run-up to the special European Council meeting to be held on 1 and 2 October. At their meeting, the EU leaders will discuss the single market, industrial policy, digital transformation, and the European Union’s external relations.
On 21 September, a high-level event ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’ in New York at the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the UN. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event took place primarily in a virtual format, with pre-recorded statements by heads of state and government.
On 20-21 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius took part in an informal meeting of EU trade ministers “Open markets and free trade are the driving forces”. Ministers discussed ways how trade policy could contribute to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.