Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis: “We can achieve a lot together with the Czech Republic, which is an exceptionally like-minded partner”
On 19 October, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the new Ambassador of the Czech Republic Aleš Opata, to discuss foreign and security policy issues, support for Ukraine, bilateral cooperation and its prospects.
Landsbergis stressed that the Czech Republic was a significant partner of Lithuania. The positions of Lithuania and the Czech Republic are exceptionally similar on many items on the international agenda; our bilateral relations are excellent, and there are many areas where we can cooperate very closely.
“At a time when more and more hot spots are on the rise in the world, we must make every effort to maintain the international community’s attention and full support to Ukraine,” Landsbergis said.
Landsbergis thanked the Czech Republic for contributing to the security of Lithuania and the Baltic region. Both sides welcomed the strengthening of economic relations and increasing trade turnover (in 2022, the turnover of Lithuania and the Czech Republic increased by 31 per cent and amounted to EUR 1.5 billion).
During the meeting, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also presented Lithuania’s work and strategy in the Indo-Pacific region and positions on the Middle East, China and Taiwan issues.
The Czech Ambassador presented his letters of credence to the President of Lithuania on 3 October this year.
The Czech troops have contributed to NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania since 2018. In addition, the Czech Air Force fighter aircraft have already conducted the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states four times.