On 17 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in the EU’s General Affairs Council (Art. 50) in Luxembourg, which finalised preparations for the upcoming European Council on 19-20 October. EU Foreign Ministers also exchanged opinions on media pluralism and the rule of law in the digital age.
On 10 October in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius participated in a flag-raising ceremony at the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence. The centre that celebrates its 5th anniversary was joined by the United States of America and Germany.
On 28 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with China’s candidate for UNESCO’s post of Director-General Qian Tang, has who has served as Assistant-Director General for Education of UNESCO. Qian Tang has arrived in Lithuania to present his candidacy.
On 20 September Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the ministerial meeting on the implementation of the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali held in New York. According to Minister Linkevičius, the stability of the whole Sahel region depends on the situation in Mali and directly affects Europe particularly in the context of illegal migration; therefore Lithuania contributes to the efforts of the international community to support a peace process in Mali.
On 20 September Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in the High-Level Open Debate of the UN Security Council Regarding the Reform of UN Peacekeeping.
At the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 of OSCE participating states in Warsaw on 21 September, Lithuania together with its international partners convened a meeting, entitled ‘LGBTI persons outside the Law in Chechnya (Russia). What should be the international community’s reaction?’ The side event focused on recent hate crimes committed against LGBTI persons in Chechnya.
At the Community of Democracies (CoD) Governing Council Ministerial meeting in Washington D.C., on 15 September, the Lithuanian delegation was headed by the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States of America Rolandas Kriščiūnas.
The session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on 14 September in Montenegro admitted that Belarus, when developing the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) project, had violated the right of the public under this Convention to receive information and to participate in environmental decision-making. Thus, it has been acknowledged for the 3rd time that Belarus does not comply with its international obligations under the Aarhus Convention.
During the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in China, Lithuania was elected to the Executive Council for 2018-2021 for the first time and re-elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Regional Commission for Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania supports the United Nations Security Council resolution of September 11 on additional sanctions against North Korea.
On the margins of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 on 12 September in Warsaw, Poland, Lithuania and its international partners, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), organised a discussion on threats posed by NGOs that are funded by Russia and other countries.
On 11 September, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė presented her letters of credence to the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) Michaëlle Jean. The Ambassador will serve as the Lithuanian President’s personal representative to this organization.
On 6 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Vidmantas Purlys presented his letters of credence to the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW Ahmet Üzümcü.
On 4 September in London, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania attended the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) and the UK Foreign Ministers’ meeting to discuss important security issues related to transatlantic ties, security in the region, the situation in North Korea and the Middle East, and the future of relations between the United States and Europe. Much attention was dedicated to the large-scale Russian 2017 Zapad military exercises in Belarus. The Foreign Ministers also considered options to ensure a more coordinated response to strategic challenges and hybrid threats.
On 22 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Nordic Council’s parliamentarians from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The meeting discussed the security situation in Ukraine and in the region, evaluated the joint effort and measures to fight against propaganda, hybrid and cyber threats. The interlocutors also shared their insights into the future implementation of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy.