Linkevičius, Ireland’s President and Foreign Minister discuss strengthening cooperation
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.
“Historical parallels, cultural ties and people-to-people contacts connect our two countries. Our nations fought for a long time for their freedom and independence and have defended them. Lithuania is particularly grateful to Ireland for its support in the most difficult times – for the non-recognition policy of the Soviet annexation of our country in the Soviet occupation period,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.
Responding to the words by the President Higgins that Ireland wished to strengthen its ties with Lithuania and other countries in the region, Linkevičius stressed that more active bilateral ties and closer cooperation for addressing the EU’s challenges and security issues were beneficial to both sides.
On the same day, the Minister Linkevičius and Ireland’s Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney discussed aspects of intensifying bilateral cooperation, important issues related to security, the European Union and the Eastern Neighbourhood.
“Lithuania and Ireland are friendly nations that hold the same European values. In order to strengthen of our partnership and the bond of our friendship, we wish to upgrade our bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level, to intensify our cooperation with Ireland in the areas of information technology, life sciences, tourism, education and science, student exchanges, as well as cooperation between our universities and cities,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.
At the end of his visit to Ireland, the Minister Linkevičius got acquainted with documents on the non-recognition policy of the Government of Ireland of Lithuania’s annexation and a copy of Ireland’s Declaration of Independence at the National Archives of Ireland. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister received the copy of the document as a gift.