President of the Republic of Lithuania

Credentials presented to Lithuanian Ambassadors to France, Israel and Armenia

2019-07-25

Thursday, July 25, Vilnius – President Gitanas Nausėda presented credentials to the Lithuanian Ambassadors in three countries – France, Israel, and Armenia.

Former Foreign Affairs Adviser to the President Nerijus Aleksiejūnas was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France, former Chief Adviser on economic and social policy Lina Antanavičienė appointed as the Ambassador to Israel, and Head of the Eastern Neighborhood Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Inga Stanytė-Toločkienė as the Ambassador to Armenia.

“These credential letters are my request and commitment to you, dear ambassadors, to properly represent Lithuania and its people abroad. Representative efforts or diplomatic protocol expertise alone will not be enough, as I hope that you will actively and boldly spread the message about Lithuania as a strong country that promotes dialogue. And I hope that you will not forget the idea of one Lithuania which you will represent,” said the President.

The President and Ambassador Aleksiejūnas discussed the priorities of bilateral cooperation with France. According to the President, strategic partnership with France must become a reality by strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of security and economy.

In the list of priorities of the partnership with Israel, the President highlighted ensuring continuity of cross-border relations and creation of opportunities for Lithuanian business development, especially in the areas of financial technologies, venture capital funds, life sciences and clinical research.

The President and Ambassador Stanytė-Toločkienė discussed Lithuania’s aim to promote closer relations between the EU and Armenia through effective implementation of CEPA, visa facilitation and readmission agreements. “It is important to exchange good political, economic and law enforcement experience with the Armenian Government and organizations in order to contribute to the country’s vitality and pro-European orientation. We also see opportunities for closer ties with Armenia by developing opportunities for our businesses and increasing exports of goods and services,” said the President.

The newely appointed Ambassador Nerijus Aleksiejūnas worked as the Foreign Policy Adviser since 2015, previously he was the Deputy Director of the EU Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Adviser to the Minister and the Second Secretary at Lithuania’s Permanent Representation to the EU, was also delegated as the National Expert to the European Commission.

Before joining the President’s team, economist Lina Antanavičienė worked as Lithuania’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China and in the Economic Analysis Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Inga Stanytė-Toločkienė acquired experience in international politics while working as the Head of the Economics Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Head of the Department of Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, and the Head of the Department of Global Policy.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.08.26 14:54

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