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Linas Linkevičius

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On 15 February in Canberra, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia Justin Brown. Skusevičius called on finalising bilateral agreements on social security and the Lithuanian-Australian working holiday program for young people.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offered sincere condolences to the victims and their families in the aftermath of the deadly shooting of 14 February at a school in Parkland, Florida, the United States of America.

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On 13 February in Stockholm, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström discussed bilateral relations and regional security.

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On 13 February, a professional polyphonic a cappella group 'Jazz Island' gave a concert to mark a hundred years since the restoration of the state of Lithuania at Oslo Concert Hall. The show was organised by the Embassy of Lithuania to Norway.

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On 13 February in Dublin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the President of Ireland Michael Daniel Higgins and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with Ireland, and the future of the European Union.

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On 13 February, a presentation of coins issued by the Bank of Lithuania on the occasion of the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania took place at the House of Signatories in Vilnius. One coin is dedicated to Lithuania’s diplomatic service.

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Lithuanian Jews helped build the country, and their legacy remains an integral part of Lithuanian history.

This year, while Israel is celebrating 70 years of modern statehood, Lithuania is celebrating 100 years of restored independence.

For centuries Lithuanian Jewry was part of the educated and intellectual elite of our society. One hundred years ago they took the most active part in the process of creating the Republic of Lithuania. They were elected to the Lithuanian Parliament, took up diplomatic posts, served in the army. I would like to particularly mention some of those great men.

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On 12 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton participated in a panel discussion “Forging Partnerships: Ireland and Lithuania in the EU27” that was organized by the University College Cork.

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“The achievements of Lithuanian scientists in the fields of life sciences and lasers are known and appreciated in the world. Hopefully, with representatives of the Lithuanian Laser and Engineering Technologies cluster (LITEK) we can not only introduce them in New Zealand, but also establish new partnerships,” said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, who met with New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jeff Langley on 12 February in Wellington.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania offers its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the plane crash near Moscow and to all the people of Russia affected by the tragedy.

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On 9 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Terens-Nikolaos Quick and discussed bilateral political relations between Lithuania and Greece, opportunities for promoting economic cooperation, issues related to the Western Balkans region, energy security, and migration.

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During his working visit on 5-8 February, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas, who was accompanied by the Ambassador Dalius Čekuolis, accredited two Honorary Consulates of Lithuania to Tunisia in Tunis and Sousse. The CEO of several companies Khaled Fourati will serve as Lithuania’s Honorary Consul in Tunis, while the Director of Swicorp in North Africa Majdi Chaabouni will head the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Sousse. During the ceremony, the Ambassador Čekuolis handed over exequaturs to the Honorary Consuls, permitting them to perform their official duties.

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On 6 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Lithuania. The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, Albania’s EU membership aspirations, the situation in the Western Balkans, important regional security and cooperation issues.

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The Market and Opinion Research Centre ‘Vilmorus Ltd.’ conducted a public opinion poll on foreign policy commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, which shows that Lithuanians consider foreign policy and diplomacy as important factors to ensure security of the country and its inhabitants. In addition, the residents of Lithuania basically approve the foreign policy of the authorities and advocate closer cooperation with other Baltic states and Poland, while they feel that Russia and Belarus are the greatest threats.

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At the end of January, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched the new update of the OECD Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), which contains information on regulatory changes that affect trade in services in 44 countries. According to the document, Lithuania is among the top regulatory performers. The top ten countries with the most open markets for services trade are Latvia, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Lithuania, Denmark, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

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