On 20 September in Delhi, the Ambassador of Lithuania to India Julius Pranevičius presented his letters of credence to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
On 19 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received the new Ambassador of the Netherlands to Lithuania Bonnie Pascalle Evelyn Horbach. The meeting focused on the bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the Netherlands. The interlocutors welcomed a successful defense partnership and discussed further possibilities of energy cooperation between the two countries.
On 18 September in Brussels, the Vice-Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council. The Council held a debate on the multiannual financial framework for 202-2027.
On 14 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian. They discussed the development of relations between the EU and Central Asia, with an emphasis on a new EU Strategy for Central Asia, which would be adopted in 2019.
On 14 September in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius participated in political talks on the European Commission‘s proposed reform of financing of the EU‘s external policies.
On 13 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of Estonia Matti Maasikas in Tallinn.
On 13 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz, who is paying a working visit to Vilnius.
"We are at the epicenter of hybrid action against Western democracy and values. Information attacks that can only be addressed by the EU‘s joint efforts are among the most important elements of this aggression," said the head of Lithuania‘s diplomacy Linas Linkevičius, who welcomed the participants of the international conference Vilnius Consultations 2018.
On 12 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with the new Ambassador of Thailand to Lithuania Vichit Chitvimarn, who resides in the Kingdom of Denmark. On the same day, the Ambassador presented the letters of credence to President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
On 11 September in Tbilisi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended an international conference and discussed security in Europe. The conference was also attended by a Senior Fellow at Florida International University David Kramer, other politicians and experts.
On 10 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the new Ambassador of the Netherlands to Lithuania Bonnie Pascalle Evelyn Horbach. The meeting focused on bilateral relations, cooperation in the fields of energy and security.
On 7 September in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with Takanori Kawai, Vice Governor of the Gifu Prefecture in Japan, and members of the business delegation led by Lithuania's Honorary Consul in Japan Yukio Murase. The Japanese delegation came to Lithuania to take part in the 2nd Sugihara Week in Kaunas, a series of events dedicated to the famous Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara.
Conventional wisdom has it that symbols in politics matter. History tends to repeat itself, especially if we fail to learn its lessons.
August is rife with tragic historical anniversaries which remind us of the lessons we have not learned: Ten years of the Russian aggression against Georgia; 50 years since the Soviet tanks crushed the peaceful protests in Prague; 79 years since the notorious Molotov-Ribbentrop pact that sealed the fate of millions of Europeans and turned the peaceful lands into “bloodlands,” to borrow Timothy Snyder’s phrase.
While the horrendous lessons of World War II and the urge to ensure “Never again” gave rise to the institutions which are at the core of the our world today, such as the North Atlantic Alliance, or NATO, (and the European Union), the more recent events demonstrate we are still failing to hold the perpetrators to account.
On 5 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney, who came to Vilnius. They discussed opportunities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, relevant issues on the European Union and NATO’s agenda, the situation in eastern Europe, preparations for the future withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, as well as other related challenges.
On 31 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.