The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania would like to inform you that the Ministry’s Communication and Cultural Diplomacy Department did not issue the press release of 18 October about an intention to build a U.S. military base in Lithuania. This is likely a complex cyber-information attack. Competent authorities are currently investigating the incident.
On 17 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the new Ambassador of Romania to Lithuania Cosmin George Dinescu.
On 16 October in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. The meeting discussed bilateral political and economic cooperation, and the political and security situation in the Middle East and Africa. The Lithuanian side also presented an evaluation of processes in the EU's eastern neighborhood.
On 16 October in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Ukrainian delegation headed by the Kherson Oblast Governor Yuriy Husyev. The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Ukraine, prospects for economy and tourism development in Kherson Oblast, as well as protection of Lithuania's historical and cultural heritage in the region.
On 15 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg. Ministers continued preparations for the European Council meeting on 17-18 October, discussed the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, enlargement, and negotiations on the multiannual financial framework.
On 14 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which focused on the Turkish military operation in Syria's north-east and Turkey’s continued drilling activities off the southern coast of Cyprus.
On 14 October, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to the Council of Europe Laima Jurevičienė presented the ratifications of the Protocol amending the Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (Strasbourg, 22.XI.2017) to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
On 11 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Rīga Conference. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkēvičs, and other guests had a discussion entitled “Can the EU reform itself?”.
On 11 October, the seventh Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Turkey was officially opened in Ürgüp, Cappadocia. It is headed by the Chairman of Cappadocia Touristic Hoteliers Association and the Vice President of the Ürgüp Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yakup Dinler.
On 9 October in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde, who was appointed as the Minister for Foreign Affairs in September. The Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral and regional cooperation, security, topical issues of Eastern neighborhood, and the Lithuanian-Swedish cooperation within international formats.
On 8 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the new Ambassador of Ireland to Lithuania Peter McIvor.
On 7 October, the second ministerial meeting of the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation (P-TEC) is taking place in Vilnius. Its goal was to bring together policy makers, civil-society stakeholders and business leaders of the transatlantic community, and to tackle the most pressing energy security challenges of the day.
On 4 October in Vilnius, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized the second international trade policy conference “Shaping the Future of Trade: Outlook on Asia”. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius delivered opening remarks, emphasizing the importance of trade rules and of embracing the potential of new technology in developing business relations with Asia.
On 3 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas and the people of Germany on the Day of German Unity.