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On 10 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the Stratcom Summit in Prague, where he presented Lithuania’s contribution to the strengthening of the European Union’s resilience to hybrid threats and disinformation.

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On 1 April, an annual meeting of the Nordic-Baltic-Visegrád Four Foreign Ministers took place in Palanga. The Foreign Ministers discussed security issues, preparations for the upcoming meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Washington, D.C., cyber security and hybrid threats, the Eastern Partnership, relations with Russia, Ukraine, and China.

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On 29 March, in response to the joint demarche of the Permanent Representatives of three Baltic States and on the basis of historic documents, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) published the real dates of the start of membership of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in its public communication. All three Baltic States joined the ITU in the beginning of 1920ies and will soon mark centenaries of their ITU membership. Lithuania acceded to the ITU on 1 July 1923. 

 

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On 21 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius received the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania Dănuţ Sebastian Neculăescu, who was visiting Vilnius.

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On 19 March in Brussels, the General Affairs Council prepared the European Council (Article 50) meeting of 21 and 22 March, and discussed the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027. The meeting mainly discussed the way forward to deepen the single market.

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On 15 March, the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal visited Lithuania at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

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On 14 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas participated in the third Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the region”. The conference was co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations. It aims to mobilize international financial support for the Syrians, for humanitarian aid both inside the country and in the neighboring countries.

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On 12 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in an informal General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting discussed the multiannual financial framework and the EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years.

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On 12 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius took part in the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) Meeting of Secretaries of State in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. The meeting discussed regional co-operation, security, transatlantic relations, Brexit, and other topical items on the international agenda.

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On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius presented a decision of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo) on non-compliance by Belarus with requirements of the Espoo Convention (NPP construction) in the Government sitting. At the beginning of February, the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention in Geneva decided that Belarus had violated the Espoo Convention in choosing a construction site for the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP).

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On 27 February, the Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė attended the High-Level segment of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva. She reaffirmed Lithuania’s commitment to human rights and expressed strong support for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and her mandate.

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On 26 February, the Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė participated in the Ministerial Panel Discussion on violations of human rights of Ukrainian prisoners of war and political hostages of the Russian Federation, which was organized by Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia, on the margins of the High-Level Segment of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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On 24-25 February, the first summit of the European Union and the League of Arab States (LAS) took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. During the event, high-level representatives discussed opportunities for cooperation between both organizations and a possible response to common challenges: security, armed conflict, illegal migration, humanitarian crises, and climate change. In plenary sessions, the participants discussed regional issues, including the Middle East peace process, crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

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On 21-22 February, an informal meeting of trade ministers took place in Bucharest, Romania. The event was attended by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius. Trade ministers discussed the EU-US trade relations and opportunities for modernizing the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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On 19 February Ambassador Sigutė Jakštonytė participated at the first European Union (EU) – Southern African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement Joint Council meeting that took place in Cape Town.

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