On 20-21 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the 13th Asian-European Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar) and drew the attention of the ASEM partners to the conflict in Ukraine.
On 20 November, EU ministers secretly voted on the relocation of the UK-based EU agencies on the margins of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50) meeting in Brussels.
On 20 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, which began preparations for the December European Council by discussing a provisional agenda.
On 13 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, during which foreign affairs ministers and defence ministers focused on the African Union - EU Summit and the implementation of the EU Global Strategy in the area of security and defence.
The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting took place on 13 November in Brussels. In the meeting, discussions on the ways of strengthening the EU’s strategic communication were held at the initiative of Lithuania and its partners. In October, the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Romania and Croatia sent a letter to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, drawing her attention to the need to strengthen the StratComms of the European External Action Service (EEAS), in particular the East Stratcom Task Force that counters pro-Kremlin disinformation.
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.
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.